Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 15, 2014

Vermeer to showcase perennial grasses at its global headquarters

BY CenUSA Bioenergy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVermeer Corp. and CenUSA Bioenergy, a multi-state USDA sponsored research project led by Iowa State University, have announced a new, perennial grass energy collaboration. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Repreve Renewables adds genetic assets from Mendel

BY Repreve Renewables Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables announced it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel Biotechnology Inc., a privately held company in Hayward, Calif. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Energy grass a good thermal option in Vermont, the Northeast

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalA new report published by Wilson Engineering on behalf of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative explores the potential of growing and harvesting energy grasses for thermal energy in Vermont. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Purdue, Navy partner to advance the use of alternative energy

BY Purdue University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of the Navy and Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation May 8, agreeing to work together to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps' energy consumption to alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

HSU wins $5.8 million federal grant for biomass research

BY Humboldt State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHumboldt State University, along with 15 regional partners, has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to conduct innovative biomass research. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

UK report highlights economic impact of bioenergy, biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has published the results of an analysis that determined the renewable energy supports more than 100,000 jobs in the U.K. and has attracted almost $50.95 billion in investment since 2010. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

USDA accepting applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees is expected to be made available for the fiscal year 2014 awards. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

FortisBC seeks applications from biogas developers

BY FortisBC Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasFortisBC is seeking expressions of interest from potential biomethane suppliers for its renewable natural gas program. The call for applicants will help grow the province's supply of this renewable and carbon neutral energy source. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

EPA seeks comments on RE-Powering initiative draft action plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comments on its new draft action plant for the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. The program promotes renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

Konza confirms sale of torrefaction system

BY Konza Renewable Fuels Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalKonza Renewable Fuels and Aeon Energy Solutions are pleased to announce a full scale commercial 100,000 metric ton per year torrefaction system has been ordered. Expected delivery is early 2015 to a European based corporation. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

Obama climate change report points to bioenergy for forest health

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. READ MORE

May 06, 2014

Rentech acquires New England Wood Pellet

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalRentech Inc. has acquired all three of New England Wood Pellet's facilities, a $34.5 million investment that adds 240,000 tons to Rentech's annual pellet output. The facilities are located in Jaffrey, N.H., Schuyler, N.Y., and Deposit, N.Y. READ MORE

May 05, 2014

Senate hearing focuses on Forest Service FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies recently held a hearing on the U.S. Forest Service's fiscal year 2015 budget request. The full budget request is for $5.7 billion. READ MORE

May 05, 2014

Valmet to equipment to bioenergy project in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Power, ThermalTurun Seudun Energiantuotanto Oy (TSE) has chosen Valmet Corp. as the boiler supplier for their upcoming power plant in Naantali, Finland. The new power plant is scheduled to start up in the autumn of 2017. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

University of Iowa, Repreve, to host miscanthus planting day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Iowa and Repreve Renewables will host a miscanthus rhizome planting field day on May 7. During the demonstration, which is open and free to the public, 13 acres of miscanthus will be planted via Repreve's ACCU DROP planter. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Genera Energy biomass harvest delivers time and costs savings

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has announced a 14 percent reduction in harvest costs utilizing Genera's recently demonstrated in-field harvesting operations when compared to similar operations using typical field-edge systems. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Repreve Renewables deploys innovative biomass crop system

BY Repreve Renewables Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables is collaborating with farmers and landowners in the United States to grow giant miscanthus, combining an innovative business model with proprietary equipment technologies custom-built for rhizome-propagated crop production. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Biomass heating programs, incentives featured at conference

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, ThermalThree biomass heating programs were showcased during an evening session at 2014 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo in Green Bay, Wis. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

In Depth: Atypical Thermal Applications

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalA massive chemical plant and the largest single-story greenhouse in the U.S. are unconventional users of biomass heat. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of all sectors of the biomass industry connected at the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Emunite to pelletize Viaspace Giant King Grass in Guyana

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 28, Viaspace Inc. announced a contract with Emunite Energy Solutions Inc. to provide Giant King Grass for a proposed pellet mill. The company has also announced progress with Giant King Grass production in California. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

UK DECC opens sustainability registration for biomass fuel

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change Found In:Pellets, ThermalStarting April 30, woodfuel suppliers will be able to register their fuels as sustainable by applying to the Biomass Suppliers List. This is a major milestone in ensuring biomass supported under the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Winter propane crisis frames Midwest biomass heating opportunity

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe opportunities of Midwest biomass heating in a post-propane crises market was the topic of discussion during the opening session of the 2014 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo in Green Bay, Wis. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Opinion: EPA Wood Stove Regulations: Opportunity or Death Knell?

BY John Ackerly Found In:ThermalThe Alliance for Green Heat President John Ackerly weights in on the New Source Performance Standards and potential industry impacts. READ MORE

April 28, 2014

TEG Biogas opens for business in London

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank has announced that TEG Biogas, the first project that it invested in, via its Foresight-managed fund, has been completed on time, within budget and is generating power. READ MORE

April 25, 2014

Proposed Neb. plant to produce biomass fuel, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalA proposed project under development by Southwest Renewable Resources aims to develop a unique biomass fuel production facility and up to 25 MW of bioenergy capacity in South Sioux City, Neb. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Comment period on SBP biomass standards closes April 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA comment period on five draft biomass standards developed by the Sustainable Biomass Partnership closes on April 25. The standards make up the SBP's Biomass Assurance Framework. North American pellet producers are encouraged to comment. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

North American wood pellet exports to Europe double in 2 years

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellet exports from North America to Europe have doubled in two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013 with the U.S. South accounting for 63 percent of the volume, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Siegenthaler, BTEC, and HeatSpring launch biomass design course

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalHydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course, titled "Hydronic-Based Biomass Design." READ MORE