Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

September 02, 2014

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBrookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Hard to Handle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf someone were to design an energy input with the sole aim of creating the most difficult material handling challenge imaginable, they would likely end up with something that looks very much like biomass. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Can the EPA Do Its Job?

BY John Ackerly Found In:ThermalAs the wood and pellet stove and boiler industry gets closer to facing new EPA regulations, there is a striking disconnect between industry expectations and the EPA’s mandate. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

In Depth: All the Right Moves

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalThe best fuel-conveying configuration varies by operation, and today’s innovative manufacturers are ready to customize to optimize performance and meet challenges. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which includes forecasts for global biofuel and renewable energy growth. For the first time, the report also includes an investment outlook. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research wins NSF grant

BY University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand. The $20 million award is being made for the "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future" project. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

John Deere, Hillco introduce single pass round bale system

BY John Deere Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHillco Technologies Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed the Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System, a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Nomination deadline for export advisory committee extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has amended a recent announcement that it is accepting nominations for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee. The deadline is now set for Aug. 29. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Manitoba grant program to help support switch to biomass

BY Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Manitoba government has doubled the Biomass Energy Support Program funding to $1 million, with the additional $500,000 of new funding targeted to applied research projects that will support the growth of the biomass industry. READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Genera Energy provides insight in choosing a biomass solution

BY Genera Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy recently released a new infographic featuring a visual overview of biomass feedstock and guidelines for choosing the best solution for every biomass project. The four-page infographic highlights key supply chain elements. READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Geringhoff to participate in Poet-DSM Project Liberty trials

BY Geringhoff Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGeringhoff will participate in Poet-DSM's Project Liberty trials, starting with an open house and tours at Poet's facilities in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Sept. 3. Trials are being performed with the Geringhoff Horizon Elite XL Stover Collection corn head. READ MORE

August 21, 2014

UK nondomestic RHI reaches 1 GW wood heat, $1.26 billion invested

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association are reporting a milestone has been reached under the country's nondomestic Renewable Heating Incentive. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

GIB announces investment in biomass CHP project

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalJohn Laing and the U.K. Green Investment Bank have announced plans to invest in a new biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant near Craigellachie, Moray, will generate 87.4 GWh of electricity and 76.8 GWh of heat annually. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Opinion: The CAPEX/OPEX Dance

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWithout the right equipment, the profit margins made producing biomass energy products will erode and eventually disappear. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks

BY University of Illinois Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

B&W Volund to supply biomass-fired boilers to Denmark facility

BY Babcock & Wilcox Volund Found In:ThermalDONG Energy has chosen Babcock & Wilcox Volund as supplier of two complete biomass-fired boiler systems and equipment to a power station in Fredericia, Denmark, with a value of close to approximately 500 million DKK ($89.66 million). READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Residential wood heat incentives trending

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn New York and Massachusetts, residential wood heating incentives are on a roll, and the industry is beginning to see trends, according to John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Conn. provides incentive to replace less efficient wood furnaces

BY Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Found In:ThermalConnecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal or replacement of older, less efficient outdoor wood burning furnaces. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Schumer introduces bill to make biogas eligible for ITC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., recently introduced legislation that aims to encourage the construction of anaerobic digestion facilities by adding biogas to the list of renewable energy sources that are eligible for a 30 percent investment tax credit. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

First international standards in solid biofuels published

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the first seven international standards in the expanding industry of solid biofuels have been published. In addition, work has also begun on part eight of the series. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Progress continues on development of solid biofuel standards

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMeeting recently in Stockholm, ISO Technical Committee 238, Solid Biofuels, made measurable progress toward developing the content for a series of physical property test standards and related topics. READ MORE

August 10, 2014

In Depth: Warming Up To Outdoor Wood Heaters

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:Pellets, ThermalOutdoor wood appliance manufacturers are feeling the heat of new regulations, but many were already focused on providing cleaner and more efficient systems. READ MORE

August 08, 2014

Expansion of fiber business outlined in Rentech Q2 earnings call

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech CEO Hunt Ramsbottom outlined the company's continued efforts to expand its fiber business in a quarterly earnings call. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

USDA report aims to provide uniform method for GHG assessment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

AgriLife Research: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study outlines how mesquite measures up relative to other bioenergy feedstocks with regard to economic and greenhouse gas efficiency. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Bioenergy week planned in Ontario

BY Canadian Bioenergy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanadian Bioenergy Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Biomass Innovation Centre of Nipissing University are partnering to offer a full-slate of events from Sept. 8-13 in Ontario. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

USDA announces inclusion of wood products in BioPreferred program

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program. The action implements changes included in the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE