Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

September 21, 2015

Opinion: Industry’s Balancing Act

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs the 2015-’16 heating season approaches and retailers begin to build pellet inventories, Pellet Mill Magazine dug into the complexities of operating a year-round facility that manufactures a seasonal product for its September/October issue. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

Opinion: Pellets Still the Affordable, Available, Renewable One

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUpcoming U.S. Industrial Pellet Association 5th Annual Exporting Conference occurring during an exciting time for the industry. Seth Ginther says it's critical the industry remain flexible as it heads into a period of expansion and diversification. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

In Depth: Entrusted to Biomass

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe National Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving the United Kingdom’s most priceless historic sites, is including biomass heat in its ambitious transition toward renewable energy. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Opinion: UK Biomass Heat: Ready for Takeoff?

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe United Kingdom biomass heat sector is experiencing turbulent times, due to a near-perfect storm of market factors, subsidy review and fallout from dramatic growth in the industry since the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive in November. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

In Depth: 2015 Producer Survey - Capacity, Capital, Storage Partner in 'Pellet Dance'

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA sampling of producers offers a glimpse of the delicate balance between meeting yearly pellet demand and stranding precious capital. READ MORE

September 16, 2015

In Depth: Diving into Wood Heat

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalWood waste is the heating fuel of choice at the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center. READ MORE

September 16, 2015

In Depth: Panamaxing It Out

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the consumption of wood pellets in European power stations matures, shipping efficiency is maximized by utilizing the largest vessels available. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Opinion: Nature’s Call for Biomass Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalA lack of respected national and international standards for biomass production and utilization can only hamper the biomass industry’s growth and standing. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Finnish technology launched into U.K. forestry, energy markets

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFinnish MHG Systems’ mobile and internet cloud service was launched last week, offering forest owners a tool to take control of their forest resource management. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Joint venture to commercialize biomass processing technology

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalActive Energy Group plc and Biomass for Energy have announced a joint venture with Utah-based Biomass Energy Enhancements LLC to commercialize a pretreatment technology that BEE says enables biomass to be utilized as a direct replacement for coal. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Opinion: Pellet Fuels Institute Updates Standards Program

BY Jennifer Hedrick Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute makes several modifications to standards program. PFI Executive Director Jennifer Hedrick says a major modification to the program involves a reduction in sampling frequency for pellet manufacturers. READ MORE

September 14, 2015

In Depth: Matching Pellet Supply With Growing Demand

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalDespite fluctuations, producers and distributors agree: Good relationships and communication can help keep stores stocked with wood pellets during the busy heating season. READ MORE

September 11, 2015

The Military's Renewable Fuel/Energy Progress (Or Lack Thereof)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn this day, I’m working on the November issue of Biomass Magazine, which has a semi-befitting them: U.S. Military Bioenergy Production & Use READ MORE

September 10, 2015

DOE offers $6 million for Native American energy projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis month, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a report showing threats to tribal energy infrastructure are expected to increase, and also announced a $6 million grant opportunity to establish clean energy projects on tribal lands. READ MORE

September 08, 2015

FutureMetrics releases dashboard on pellet demand for cofiring

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Sept. 7, FutureMetrics provided a new dashboard analyzing and calculating industrial wood pellet demand for U.S. power plants under various cofiring scenarios. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

Vermont law school releases report on sustainable biomass use

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Institute of Energy and Environment at Vermont Law School recently released a report covering sustainable ways to increase the use of woody biomass for electricity generation while protecting Vermont’s forests. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

Biomass Magazine's Big-Deal Directory

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAround 8,500 copies of Biomass Magazine's industry directory will be mailed out to biomass power plants, pellet plants, attendees of our International Biomass Conference & Expo, and lots of other industry events. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Swedish pulp company invests $7 million in biomass boiler

BY Waggeryd Cell Found In:Power, ThermalWaggeryd Cell in Sweden has invested 60 million SEK ($7.1 million) in a biomass boiler in order to replace liquid propane gas (LPG)with bioenergy as energy source for the flash dryer. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Halted particleboard plant working toward pellet conversion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNext week, a full consultation report for the conversion of Northern Engineered Wood Products’ particleboard facility to a wood pellet plant in Smithers, British Columbia, is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment. READ MORE

August 31, 2015

Wood pellet boiler rebates available in Vermont

BY Renewable Energy Vermont Found In:Pellets, ThermalVermonters can get up to $5,500 to help switch from fossil fuel to local wood heating. Cash incentives are available from the Clean Energy Development Fund and Efficiency Vermont. READ MORE

August 28, 2015

PHG Energy to build biomass gasification plant in Tennessee

BY PHG Energy Found In:Power, ThermalSolid Waste in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has engaged PHG Energy to build a new biomass gasification plant capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material daily into thermal energy while producing a valuable high-carbon biochar. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Opinion: Getting It Right

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSo often in this industry, our gaze falls to the moment biomass is converted into power, thermal energy, biofuels or pellets. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Opinion: Insight on Incentives

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs this year’s harsh Maine winter drew to a close, pellet boiler systems benefiting from Efficiency Maine’s $5,000 rebate incentive were being installed at the rate of one per day. In June, only 15 were installed. READ MORE

August 23, 2015

In Depth: Master of Logistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBy securing advantageous points of distribution in the Southeast and fine-tuning its transport and storage tactics, wood pellet giant Enviva is well-positioned to satisfy growing overseas demand. READ MORE

August 22, 2015

Opinion: Localizing Energy Downsides

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalToo often, states export the energy impacts of their decisions to other states. This is not just an issue for U.S. states, but for countries like Germany, which ended its domestic nuclear program only to buy nuclear energy from France. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

FutureMetrics predicts pellet sector is poised for consolidation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new paper from FutureMetrics predicts the U.S. wood pellet sector may be poised for consolidation due to the impact of lower heating oil prices and price pressure from domestic competition. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

EPA solicits comments on Agricultural Science Committee nominees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is inviting public comments on the list of candidates being considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on matters related to farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Viridis reports progress at Scotia Atlantic plant in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently released its financial results for its first half and second quarter ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase of 18 percent to $14.5 million during the six-month period compared to the same period in 2014. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

USDA announces incentives to establish biomass crops

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Aug. 19, the USDA Farm Service Agency announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for designated project areas under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Greenbacks and Green Scams

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, we’ve been getting quite a few emails from readers asking for advice about which companies to invest in. While we appreciate the fact that you seem to value our opinions and insight, it’s just not our business to make those recommendations. READ MORE