Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 26, 2018

In Depth: The Only Game In Town

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalFroling Energy has made a name for itself through expert installation of hundreds of biomass boiler systems in the Northeast and as the lone supplier of precision dry chips. Now, it is expanding operations and diversifying its technology repertoire. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

Opinion: A Breakthrough Biomass Fuel

BY José-Luis Rivas Found In:Power, ThermalThe ERS Fuel puck has a calorific value as high as Bituminous coal, 70 percent less CO2 emissions than coal, is virtually odorless and smokeless, and is water resistant. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Report shows economic benefit of modern wood heating in Maine

BY Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Found In:Pellets, ThermalA new report documents the economic and environmental benefits of heating community, commercial and institutional buildings with modern wood chip and wood pellet technology and fuels produced in Maine. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

In Depth: Expanding Wood Heat in Windham County

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWith a goal of expanding clean, modern wood heat in the region and drawing from local forest resources and businesses, the Windham Wood Heat Project is looking to help move more projects forward. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

US Forest Service opens RFP for Wood Innovations Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service is seeking grant applications for its Wood Innovations Program, which aims to support projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets, reduce wildfire risk, and improve forest health. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Biomass industry celebrates sixth annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOct. 24 is the sixth annual Bioenergy Day, with events taking place from North Carolina to California and in many places in between. The annual event allows those in bioenergy to recognize the economic and environmental contributions of the industry. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Bioenergy contributes to forest health, rural jobs across America

BY Environmental and Energy Study Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Bioenergy Day and during National Forest Products Week, we recognize the importance of using domestic biomass for a wide variety of applications: renewable energy, heating and cooling, and biobased products, to improve forest health, and more. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

In Depth: Sustainable Sours

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHermit Thrush Brewery in Vermont uses wood pellets to power its beer-making process. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

UK RHI proposal would limit installations of biomass boilers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. government has opened a public consultation on a proposal that would alter the Renewable Heat Incentive to exclude further support for biomass installations in urban areas on the gas grid. The U.K. REA has spoken out against the proposal. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Orsted celebrates 50th anniversary of Studstrup Power Station

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOrsted is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Denmark’s largest power stations. The then coal-fired Studstrup Power Station was inaugurated on Oct. 18, 1968, and converted to fire wood pellets in October 2016. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Wood-fired district heat plant begins operations in Europe

BY HoSt Bio-Energy Installations Found In:ThermalHoSt has announced that a 15 MW wood-fired heating plant it supplied in Lelystad, the Netherlands, is now operational. The facility is expected to burn up to 30,000 tons of locally sourced wood chips annually. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

PWU urges OPG to reconsider decision to close Thunder Bay plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Canada-based Power Workers’ Union is speaking out against the recent decision by Ontario Power Generation to close its biomass-fired Thunder Bay Generation Station. The PWU called the decision “short-sighted." READ MORE

October 17, 2018

Global Pellet to launch pellet brokering platform

BY Global Pellet Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalGlobal Pellet Inc. has launched a website aimed at connecting buyers and sellers of wood pellets. On the website, wood pellet producers can register their businesses and products, and then will be matched with requests from registered buyers. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Bioenergy projects awarded EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EPA announced its 18th annual Green Power Leadership Awards on Oct. 10, recognizing 10 Green Power Partners for excellence in green power use. Bioenergy projects were among those recognized by the EPA. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

NIB funds biofuel CHP to power Helsinki metropolitan area

BY Nordic Investment Bank Found In:ThermalNordic Investment Bank has signed a loan agreement with Vantaan Energia Oy to finance the retrofitting of its K1 boiler to use biofuel at the Martinlaakso combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vantaa, Finland. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

EIA predicts higher winter heating costs for most energy sources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook and 2018-2019 Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting that average household bills for most energy sources of home heating will rise this winter. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

Dürr buys industrial environmental technology business of B&W

BY Dürr Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsDürr has completed the previously announced acquisition of the industrial environmental technology business of the U.S. company Babcock & Wilcox as of Oct. 5. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

IEA forecasts growth in bioenergy production through 2023

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn its latest market forecast, the International Energy Agency predicts modern bioenergy will represent the biggest growth in renewable energy sources between 2018 and 2023, with bioenergy in the power sector alone increasing by 37 gigawatts (GW). READ MORE

October 05, 2018

EIA: 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, with sales also reaching 700,000 tons. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

Valmet to deliver biomass boilers to projects in Spain, Chile

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalOn Oct. 3, Valmet announced plans to supply biomass boilers and other equipment to a power plant project under development by Greenalia in Spain and a pulp mill project being completed by Arauco in Chile. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: The Snares of Pelleting Mahogany Residues

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThere are more variables to take into account when it comes to different types of wood. We all know how to handle soft wood like pine and spruce, and even hardwood such as oak and beech, but what about mahogany residues? READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: Taking it to the e-Streets

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThis heating season, the Pellet Fuels Institute is launching a social media beta test in selected markets across the country in an effort to increase consumer awareness of wood pellets as an option for residential heat. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: Barbeque Pellet Quality

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalDespite their increase in popularity, there are currently no published standards or any other known guidance for manufacturing and using BBQ pellets. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

Kent Renewable Energy celebrates opening of biomass CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalKent Renewable Energy Ltd. officially celebrated the opening of its biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant on Sept. 28. The 27-MW facility, located in Sandwich, U.K., began commercial operations earlier in the month. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: A Fertile Opportunity for Renewable Heating

BY Scott Nichols Found In:Pellets, ThermalSometimes, nice old buildings present fertile opportunities for renewable heating makeovers with wood pellet boilers. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: More Than Just Price

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile costs are important to any manufacturer, many other factors are involved when wood pellet producers choose a packaging supplier. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: Operation Diversification

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalMulti-highway accessible and a prime location for exports to Asia, the Port of Stockton has acreage ripe for development, 24-7 cargo availability, and wants pellet manufacturers to know it’s open for business. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Waste to Wisdom project publishes final report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Waste to Wisdom project has released its final report and project deliverables. The four-year project aimed to make better use of forest residues. The effort, which was led by Humboldt University, wrapped in late 2017. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

California governor signs RNG procurement bill into law

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 23, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1440, which authorizes a state procurement program for renewable natural gas (RNG). SB 1440 was the second piece of RNG legislation signed by Brown in late September. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

California governor signs bill to aid RNG pipeline integration

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 20, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that aims to facilitate pipeline integration of renewable natural gas (RNG). The bill was supported by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. READ MORE