Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 18, 2014

USDA program offers loans to farmers for biomass storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative seeks grant proposals

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

EIA offers new short-term bioenergy predictions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration projects electricity generation will average 11.3 terawatt hours per day in 2014, up 1.3 percent. The use of renewables for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow by 0.9 percent in 2014. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Vega Biofuels enters joint venture to build torrefaction facility

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. recently announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement to build and operate a pilot torrefaction facility in South Carolina that will manufacture the company's bio-coal and biochar products. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Opinion: Celebrating the Groundbreakers

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the challenges of building a biomass energy project, and the dedication and drive required to bring a project to success. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

Opinion: Fanning the Northeastern Biomass Flame

BY Joseph Seymour Found In:Thermal Migrating 1 million homes to biomass heat is optimistic—let alone 6 million—but recent developments in the northeastern U.S. are driving this vision ever closer to reality, says Biomass Thermal Energy Council Executive Director Joseph Seymour. READ MORE

March 10, 2014

FutureMetrics suggests 4.3 million homes ripe for pellet heat

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new white paper from FutureMetrics LLC makes the case for pellet heat, concluding that not only will buying local for pellet heat lower consumer heat and hot water energy bills, but keep the money in the local economy and create jobs. READ MORE

March 07, 2014

ASABE announces international standards project for biomass fuels

BY American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers reported approval of a International Organization for Standardization project to develop a standard for thermally treated and densified biomass. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Pellet producers offer insight on 'shortage'

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet retailers and consumers in some Northeast and Midwest locations have learned a lesson this heating season, as many have run out of pellets and are facing difficulties securing additional supplies. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Cool Planet breaks ground on commercial facility

BY Cool Planet Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsCool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company's first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

Manitoba grants support coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalIn order to help ease financial burdens of complying with Manitoba's petroleum coke and coal heating ban that went into effect Jan. 1, the province has provided grants to 16 farms working to make the transition. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

New Holland provides tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University's BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. A model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader were loaned to the facility. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Study unveils vast potential of UK biomass resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

University to use Heyl & Patterson equipment in biocoal research

BY Heyl & Patterson Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHeyl & Patterson Inc. has announced the sale of an indirect-fired rotary calciner to the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute.It will be used to transform wood biomass into torrefied wood, or "biocoal." READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Renewable Heat NY funds 18 woody biomass projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPromptly implementing New York's recently announced Renewable Heat NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive program funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. READ MORE

February 17, 2014

Proposed bioenergy plant denied certificate of public good in Vt.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Vermont Public Service Board has denied North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project LLC's petition for a certificate of public good (CPG) for its proposed 25-to-35-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Springfield, Vt. READ MORE

February 14, 2014

Fortum releases 2013 financial results, invests in new CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalFinland-based Fortum has released financial results for the fourth quarter of last year and announced a new investment in a multi-fueled combined-heat-and-power plant under development in Naantail, Finland. READ MORE

February 12, 2014

UK extends renewable heating system training program

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has increased funding for its Renewable Heating Incentive training support program, due to high demand and interest. The initiative provides training on the installation of renewable heating systems. READ MORE

February 11, 2014

EIA revises wood, waste biomass forecasts in monthly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration revised its forecast for energy production from wood and waste biomass in its February Short-Term Energy Outlook. The industrial sector is expected to be the largest consumer of wood biomass this year. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Obama signs Farm Bill, announces Made in Rural America initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo to address Farm Bill

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe passage of the Farm Bill will positively impact the biomass industry and help to spur on additional development of renewable energy, according to several leading biomass companies and organizations that praised the long-awaited bill. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEastern redcedar trees are extremely invasive, are an incredible fire danger, and large, open-grown trees can use upwards of 42 gallons of water a day during the summer. However, removed invasive trees could serve as a biofuel feestock. READ MORE

February 04, 2014

Senate approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 4, the U.S. Senate approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 67 to 32. The vote was the final legislative action needed before President Obama can sign the legislation into law. READ MORE

February 04, 2014

Constellation to develop biogas cogeneration plant in California

BY Constellation Energy Resources LLC Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasConstellation Energy Resources LLC has announced that it has signed an agreement with the city of Los Angeles to design, build and operate a 27-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant at L.A. Sanitation's Hyperion Treatment Plant. READ MORE

February 03, 2014

EPA opens comment period on residential wood heater proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to establish performance standards for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters, and other heating appliances in the Federal Register, officially opening the 91-day public comment period. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Farm Bill: Offerings for plant operators, investors, developers

BY Kyle Althoff Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Farm Bill is a five-year piece of legislation that typically takes six years to develop and reach consensus among U.S. senators, representatives, and the president. Orchestrating this feat is nothing short of a miracle. READ MORE