Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ND inventor reports heightened interest in BIONRG biocoal

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorman Miller, an entrepreneur from Mapleton, N.D., calls himself the father of biocoal. Among his inventions is the Tri-Pack machine that combines coal and biomass with a proprietary additive into a biocoal that can be left as a powder or densified. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

Bluesphere initiates multiple biogas projects in Northeast US

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBluesphere Corp. has expanded to the Northeast U.S. The company recently received one of the most difficult permits to obtain for its waste-to-energy project in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is developing projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. READ MORE

June 16, 2014

USDA announces funding for 2 Farm Bill bioenergy programs

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA also announced the availability of its new Bioeconomy Tool Shed. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cornell University center funds 4 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cirque Energy to develop biomass gasification project in Texas

BY Cirque Energy Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalCirque Energy Inc. announced the signing of a development agreement for a project to install a 2.5 MW biomass gasification power plant to be known as the Midland Biomass Energy Station in Midland, Texas. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

WBA report illustrates global increase in bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe World Bioenergy Association recently released a report, titled "WBA Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014," that determined renewables contributed 18.3 percent of the global energy mix, with bioenergy alone contributing approximately 14.1 percent. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

Landfill gas power plant inaugurated in France

BY Clarke Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOfficials from French waste management company Veolia Proprete, energy services company Dalkia and distributed power services provider Clarke Energy recently celebrated the inauguration of the new Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant. READ MORE

June 11, 2014

Minnesota college converting to biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalVia a boiler system upgrade and use of local wood fuel, Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, hopes serve as a case study for other heating districts of its size. The upgrade could be complete by next year. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

USDA to accept applications for BCAP matching payments

BY Anna Simet and Erin Voegele Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has published a notice of funds availability for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the notice, the USDA will provide $12.5 million in BCAP matching payments this year, with $12.5 million spent on technical assistance. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

Agriculture to rely on drones despite regulatory lag

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUAS hold great promise in agriculture, but the FAA is lagging in its understanding of how important drones are becoming to farmers, and in developing regulations, according to panelists at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Corn forum: Stover market emergence tipping forward

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe collection and handling of corn stover was the focus of a panel discussion at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum, an event collocated with the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

Northeast Wood Products purchases Pennington Seed pellet mills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNortheast Wood Products LLC has acquired Pennington Seed Co.'s 65,000-metric-ton-per year pellet plant in Peebles, Ohio, along with assets from a facility in Virginia. The company is also in the process of acquiring a pellet plant in Indiana. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

UK wood pellet company invests in screening, handling equipment

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMidland Bio Energy Ltd., a wood pellet company in Warwickshire, England, has invested GBP 20,000 ($27,319) in new handling and screening equipment to improve the quality of the pellets they deliver and efficiency of the operating systems. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

Trade mission to Peru to address biomass, biofuel opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is organizing a renewable energy and energy efficiency trade mission to Peru in November that will promote the export competitiveness of U.S. technologies. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Massachusetts grants $3.5 million to renewable thermal industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalMassachusetts has dedicated $3.5 million to nine renewable thermal projects in the state through a new grant program, the Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Business Investment Financing Program. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Report provides global overview of bioenergy, biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report published by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) provides a global overview of advances in renewable energy development, including development related to bioenergy, ethanol and other types of biofuels. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Genera Energy COO to speak at Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKeith Brazzell, chief operating officer of Genera Energy Inc., is scheduled to speak at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 9-12 in Indianapolis. He will discuss the company's biomass feedstock supply solutions. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Opinion: No Injuries Reported

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMaking energy products from biomass has inherent risks, and it is our obligation to the public to mitigate those risks as much as is humanly possible, especially as the industry continues to grow. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

In Depth: Biomass Thermal Plant Precautions

BY Sarah Ludwig Found In:ThermalPersonnel working at commercial or industrial biomass heating plants should be mindful of everyday hazards. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Danish government: biomass, wind, contenders for renewable goals

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Danish Energy Agency has released a report that concludes it is technically possible the country could become fossil fuel independent by 2050, as well as reach the government's goal of fossil fuel independent electricity and heating by 2035. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Opinion: Safety Essential to Global Biomass Use

BY Nicole Forsberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSafety should be considered a core value, not a priority or a separate bullet point, that top management strives to combine with productivity, quality or even profitability. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Opinion: Response to Tragedy Can Make or Break a Business

BY Cam McAlpine Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOrganizations with well-thought-out communications strategies fare better in the face of crises. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with GHG emissions

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a "sink" for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study funded by the AgriLife Research Cropping Systems bioenergy program and a USDA grant. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

Saskatoon landfill gas facility operational

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasA 1.63 MW landfill-gas-to-energy plant at the Saskatoon city landfill is now sending electricity to the grid, enough to power roughly 1,300 homes. Work on the project has been ongoing for the past couple of years. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

BioStar Systems to construct AD plant in Missouri

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThis fall, BioStar Systems LLC will begin construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Pettis County, Mo. The 1.6 MW project, located at an egg farm operated by Rose Acre Farms, will produce heat, power, fertilizer and clean water. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

UK government implements changes to non-domestic RHI

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalThe U.K. government has announced changes to the country's non-domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI). The changes introduce new technologies to be covered introduce new technologies to be covered by the scheme and new tariffs. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Senators advocate for EPA biogenic carbon emissions framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA group of 12 Senators recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina MCarthy, asking her to address the regulatory uncertainty over biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Scottish whisky distilleries add biomass boilers with GIB funding

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Green Investment Bank recently announced funding for a pipeline of energy efficiency projects at a number of Scottish distilleries, including the installation of biomass boiler systems. READ MORE