Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

February 06, 2015

Opinion: Legal Issues for Biomass Thermal Offtake Contracts

BY Todd Taylor Found In:ThermalBiomass thermal projects are becoming increasingly popular. Taylor says thermal energy offtake agreements are an important component and complex. He advises to take care, plan early and consult experienced advisors before getting started. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

EPA finalizes NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule establishing new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. The rules limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters manufactured and sold in the future can emit. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

PHI Group partners with AG Materials on Florida pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPHI Group Inc., a company focused on energy and natural resources, announced in late January it has signed an agreement with AG Materials LLC to jointly establish a 200,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Live Oak, Florida. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Enerpellets announces plans to develop pellet plant in Florida

BY Enerpellets Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnerpellets Group took the decision to internationalize its biomass pellets production activity by building a state-of-the-art unit in Florida with a real production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Clarkson University, SUNY Canton research wood heating systems

BY Clarkson University Found In:Pellets, ThermalClarkson University and State University of New York Canton researchers are evaluating a new generation of wood pellet boilers that were developed in Austria and now are being manufactured in New York State. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Stories Untold

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExecutive Editor Tim Portz talks about what it means when story sources are reluctant to talk "on the record". Conversations about pellets as absorbents are loosening up, while folks remain tight lipped about their opinions on big box customers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Fire suppressant provider targets biomass industry

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGelTech Solutions Inc., the creator of the patent-pending fire suppressant compound called FireIce, recently began working in the agriculture industry and is now initiating outreach to some biomass producers. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

NHWEC releases video on modern wood heating

BY New Hampshire Wood Energy Council Found In:ThermalThe New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, one of 16 state wood energy teams funded in part by the USDA, has released a 5 minute video overview of heating commercial and institutional buildings with advanced wood chip and wood pellet heating systems. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Vencor acquires bio-coal purchase order, anticipates expansion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVencor International Inc. recently announced an agreement to acquire the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment and technology from Torretherm Inc. The company has also announced a purchase order from Vega Biofuels Inc. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Reports illustrate European biogas, energy-from-waste industries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasEurObserv'ER recently released updated Biogas Barometer and Renewable Municipal Waste Barometer reports that show energy production from both biogas and municipal waste has continued to expand across the European Union in recent years. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Biomass-fired CHP, district heating project planned in U.K.

BY University of East Anglia Found In:Power, ThermalHomes and businesses in Norwich, England, were recently offered a double energy boost with a proposal to create straw pellet-fired project that would supply heat and power to the community. The project would include a district heating system. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Researchers in Spain develop prototype biogas-fueled fuel cell

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAn experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Converting the waste to heat and power is a three-part process that begins with the production of biogas via anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Wyoming task force report includes bioenergy recommendations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn Wyoming, the Governor's Task Force on Forests has issued a report featuring its recommendations for proactively managing the state's forests. Several of the recommendations relate to bioenergy development. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

Work begins on quay extension at Port of Tyne

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the extension of Riverside Quay, the port's multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields. The extension will support the growth in cargo volumes handled by the port, including wood pellets. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

California offers funding for dairy digester development program

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Approximately $11 million in competitive grant funding is expected to be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 23. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

Reports show impact of strong dollar, oil prices on pellet sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOver the past week, FutureMetrics LLC has published two research papers by company President William Strauss that illustrate the impacts of the strengthening dollar and falling crude oil prices on the pellet industry. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Comment period open for Utah proposed seasonal wood burn ban

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Utah Department of Environmental Quality has opened a 40-day comment period on for a proposed seasonal wood burn ban amendment that would prohibit seven counties from solid-fuel burning in all solid-fuel burning devices from Nov. 1 to March 15. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

In Depth: A Dutch Dilemma

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Netherlands’ under-debate energy policies could create an additional 3.5 million tons of annual pellet demand or introduce inefficiencies that will put the market out of reach for most North American producers. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EIA outlook includes bioenergy forecasts for 2015 and 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for energy production from wood and waste biomass as well as data related to home heating methods. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Colorado lawmakers introduce biomass, energy bills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasSeveral energy-related bills were introduced in the Colorado Senate in early January, including one that aims to create a five-year incentive program to promote the use of woody biomass in public buildings. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

In Depth: Deutschland’s Sleeping Giant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAlthough Germany’s pellet supply and demand has steadily increased over the years, recent factors have impacted growth. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

In Depth: All That Glitters

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile domestic demand soars and export challenges remain daunting, small and midsized North American producers may choose to leave bustling foreign markets to the big guys. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE