Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

EIA predicts increase in wood heating this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, along with its Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting household expenditures related to heating will increase this winter. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Vital Energi to install biomass heat at UK campus

BY University of Northampton Found In:ThermalThe University of Northampton has employed Vital Energi to deliver the energy solutions for its new Waterside campus, opening in 2018. Vital Energi will deliver an energy center that uses woodchip biomass and gas. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

University of Maine at Fort Kent contracts with Northeast Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalLocated in the thinly populated, heavily forested North Maine Woods, Ashland, Maine, is home to Northeast Pellets’ mill, which can now ramp up production for the heating season fortified with a new contract with the University of Maine at Fort Kent. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

BETO establishes Agile BioFoundry to streamline biomanufacturing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Agile BioFoundry, a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Biogenic CO2 coalition launches grassroots campaign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has launched a grassroots campaign to urge the U.S. EPA to remove its regulatory roadblock to the development of the emerging bioeconomy. The coalition has also sent letters to 2016 presidential candidates. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Studstrup Power Station now fueled by wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOne of the biggest biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) stations in the world is located in Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. The Studstrup Power Station began to use wood pellets instead of coal as fuel on Oct. 10. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Logistec opens warehouses to handle pellets at Brunswick Terminal

BY Logistec Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLogistec Corp. has announced the opening of its newly built bulk warehouses in Brunswick, Georgia. The update included an overhaul of the bulk load-out system, construction of a new ship loader, and significant upgrades to the conveyor system. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Graanul seeks SBP certification for 2 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest’s Imavere and Ebavere Estonia-based pellet plants are moving toward Sustainable Biomass Partnership certification. The first evaluation audits to be carried out by NEPCon Estonia are expected to take place in December. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Study finds biomass harvesting techniques with minimal impacts

BY USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

Everbright International announces biomass projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalIn late September, China Everbright International Ltd. announced it commenced construction of 14 projects during the third quarter of this year, including six biomass projects and five waste-to-energy projects. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

New Biomass Energy obtains majority interest in Mississippi plant

BY New Biomass Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew Biomass Energy recently announced that it has acquired the majority interest in the Mississippi torrefaction plant and plans to continue the production of torrefied biomass. Initial production will be supplied to Portland General Electric. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Vermont to publish energy compliance standards

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Vermont Department of Public Service has published its draft recommendations for regional and municipal energy planning and standards for issuing a determination of energy compliance. Final documents are required under Act 174 of 2016 by Nov. 1. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Free NC Swine Waste Biogas Project Webinar

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasRegister for a free webinar on swine waste-based energy production in North Carolina. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Opinion: On Campus

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCollege and university campuses are loaded with physical attributes that make them ripe for biomass deployments. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Northern Forest Center holds information session on pellet heat

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center is offering incentives that help Vermonters switch to wood pellet boilers and furnaces. An information session about these heating systems and the incentives is scheduled to be held on Oct. 4 in West Burke, Vermont. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

E.ON and SBI open Denmark’s largest biogas plant

BY E.ON Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasE.ON and Sonderjysk Biogas Invest recently brought Denmark’s largest biogas plant, Sonderjysk Biogas, into operation. The facility will convert 540,000 tons of livestock manure, straw and other organic residues per year into green energy. READ MORE

September 26, 2016

Iona Capital invests in UK biomass project

BY Iona Capital Found In:Power, ThermalNewbridge Energy will be doubling the size of its workforce and installing three biomass generating units in North Wales after a multi-million pound investment from the independent energy and environmental investment company, Iona Capital. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Opinion: Do Wood Stove Changeouts Work?

BY John Ackerly Found In:ThermalResidential wood heat in the U.S. is plagued by the same problems as Europe and scores of other cold countries: most stoves are old, obsolete and put out too much smoke. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Policy Exchange releases report on decarbonizing UK domestic heat

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K.-based Renewable Heat Association announced the renewables industry supports conclusions of the Policy Exchange’s recent report on decarbonizing the U.K. heating sector, particularly the future role of biomethane in this effort. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Snow Timber Pellets qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Snow Timber Pellets of Hurley, Wisconsin, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

In Depth: Passing the Test

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalAs college and university fossil fuel heating plants age and become inefficient, many are evaluating, building or have already installed biomass systems. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Brown signs bill that encourages renewable gas production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 19, California. Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that establishes the nation’s toughest restrictions of destructive super pollutants, including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

EPA finalizes reconsidered issues in Area Source Boilers Rule

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalEPA finalized its ruling on reconsidered issues that pertained to aspects of the February 2013 final amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

EC approves state aid for bioenergy CHP project in Lithuania

BY European Commission Found In:Power, ThermalThe European Commission has approved support for a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vilnius, Lithuania, under European Union state aid rules. The facility will generate electricity for the power grid and heat for a district heating system. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

KPA Unicon, Renewa join forces in Europe

BY KPA Unicon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTwo Finnish energy solution suppliers are joining forces through a merger in which KPA Unicon Group Oy is purchasing the entire share capital of Renewa Oy. The parties aim to finalize the acquisition by the end of September. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

PFI changes PFI Standards Program labeling system

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute has announced a change in the labeling system for its PFI Standards Program to accommodate the common practice of private labeling. The change allows the pellet producer to request an additional registration number. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass boiler to project in Sweden

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:ThermalValmet will supply a biofuel-fired power plant and related flue gas cleaning and condensing systems to Boras Energi och Miljo's new energy and environmental center in Sobacken, Boras, Sweden. Heat production is scheduled to start in 2019. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Coproducts and Product Diversification

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasNovember is a unique topic for Biomass Magazine—Coproducts & Product Diversification. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Website now available for wood-to-energy checkoff program

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe wood-to-energy checkoff initiative that’s been in the works for the past few years recently launched a website to provide updated information about the program as well as a way to ask questions about the initiative. READ MORE