Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

December 12, 2016

Denmark's largest power station replaces coal with wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the past 18 months, Avedøre Power Station has been converting its coal-fired power station unit, and the entire combined-heat-and-power plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

University of St. Andrews commissions biomass plant

BY University of St. Andrews Found In:ThermalThe University of St. Andrews’ strategic aim to become the U.K.’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage took a major step forward Dec. 6 when the biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge was officially commissioned. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

NIB finances new biomass heating plant in Finland

BY Nordic Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalNordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year loan with the Finnish utility Lahti Energia for the construction of the new biofuel heating plant Kymijärvi III. The project is part of the city of Lahti’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Air Liquide to design, build landfill gas purification plant

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAir Liquide has announced it will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

A Few Good Plugs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsToday is the last day to submit an abstract for the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Colombo Energy becomes 17th qualified into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Nov. 30, the Pellet Fuels Institute qualified Colombo Energy of Greenwood, South Carolina, into its Standards Program, which now represents 17 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 29 facilities. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Active Energy scores plant funding, provides testing update

BY Active Energy Group Found In:Power, ThermalActive Energy announced that it has achieved certain milestones in line with its strategy to commercialize its CoalSwitch technology, which utilizes low-value wood, timber, forestry and pulp mill/ saw mill byproducts to produce drop-in biomass fuel. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Vermont launches wood, pellet stove change-out program

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new wood and pellet stove change-out program in Vermont aims to help residents update existing systems with cleaner, more efficient models. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Maximizing Decarbonization, Maintaining Grid Reliability

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe economics of power generation, combined with the need to keep the grid energized under all scenarios, can provide guidance for determining the least costly way to avoid carbon emissions while maintaining grid reliability. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

BY Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24. The strategy will be submitted as a government report to the Parliament, where discussion on it started Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Opinion: The Difficulty of Getting Good Biomass Heating Data

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalAmidst what seems like a deluge of half-truths and hyperbole about biomass and its effects, it’s important for the industry not to shy away from rigorously showing the real-world benefits that this form of renewable energy can bring. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

In Depth: Scandinavian Swap-Out

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLeveraging sea routes that connect to vast quantities of regional biomass, combined-heat-and-power stations across Scandinavia are retooling to capitalize on the carbon-neutral fuel. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

DOE to fund renewable energy projects on Indian land

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. DOE has announced plans to provide up to $6 million in funding to support the deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy on Indian land. Applications are due Feb. 7. An informational webinar is planned for Dec. 1. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: The Greenest Universities

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalFor high school students, these 20 universities are all excellent places to immerse themselves in renewable energy technology and policy. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Vega files provisional patent for G4 torrefaction machine

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. recently announced that it has filed a provisional patent application for its generation four (G4) torrefaction machine. According to the company, the machine increases manufacturing capacity by approximately 25 percent. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Survey identifies more than 100 million dead trees in California

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Engineering firm warns biomass builders on cutting costs

BY Axiom Engineering Associates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMoves to make green energy more cost-effective, by cutting corners to reduce up-front costs cheaper, can prove to be an expensive mistake, Axiom Engineering Associates, a U.K. materials engineering company, warns. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs, reduce emissions

BY WILEY Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of U.S. biomass to biobased energy, fuels, and products by 2030. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

UK trade groups REA, WHA launch biomass heat campaign

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association recently launched a campaign to urge government to support the continued use of biomass as it makes its final decisions around how renewable heat technologies will be funded to 2021. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

Northgate Markets, Emerson partner on food waste-to-energy

BY Emerson Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasNorthgate Markets is using Grind2Energy, Emerson’s system to turn food waste into energy. The system grids food waste into a slurry onsite. The slurry is then transferred to an offsite anaerobic digester, where it is used to generate energy. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

NextCoal International plans bio-coal, bio-oil plant in New York

BY NextCoal International Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalNextCoal International Inc. plans to build a facility in New York to produce bio-coal for export to Japanese power plants and bio-oil for domestic industrial applications. Japanese strategic and institutional investors are involved with the project. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

2016 is a Wrap

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Wednesday, we sent the December issue of Biomass Magazine to the printer, marking the completion of volume 10 of the title. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

2017 IBCE opens call for presentation ideas

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced its call for presentation ideas for the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline to submit presentation ideas is Dec. 2. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

World Biogas Association launches at COP22

BY World Biogas Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe World Biogas Association has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. The association is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies. READ MORE