Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

January 29, 2014

Forth Energy announces government approval for biomass CHP plant

BY Forth Energy Found In:Power, ThermalForth Energy, a joint venture between Forth Ports Ltd. and SSE plc, confirms that the Scottish government has granted consent for a wood fueled renewable combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant at the Port of Rosyth. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Opinion: Kudos to Our Ag Innovators

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the impact farmers and ag innovators are making on energy crop development. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Opinion: The EPA’s Myopia on Wood Heat

BY John Ackerly Found In:ThermalJohn Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, provides his take on the recently proposed U.S. EPA regulations for residential wood heaters. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Houses approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives has approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 251 to 166. The farm bill conference committee approved the conference report for the bill on Jan. 27. A U.S. Senate vote is expected next week. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Obama: climate change is a fact

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJob creation, higher wages and investments in the U.S. education system were a few of several focus points during President Obama's State of the Union address, which reiterated the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. READ MORE

January 28, 2014

Conference committee passes Farm Bill, votes expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe agriculture committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have announced a bipartisan agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill. The House is expected to vote on the measure on Jan. 29, with a Senate vote expected soon after. READ MORE

January 24, 2014

Meeting the needs of famers critical to biomass, residue harvest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the baling of crop residues and forage crops is nothing new, the sheer volume that will be required to supply a commercial biorefinery makes developing a reliable, cost effective supply chain a challenge. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

EurObserv'ER solid biomass report reflects growth in the EU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEurObserv'ER has published its annual Solid Biomass Barometer, reporting that primary energy production from solid biomass is growing. The analysis estimates that solid biomass use in the E.U. increased to 82.3 million tons of oil equivalent in 2012. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

EU proposal sets renewable energy targets, ignores biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission has published a proposal calling for a greenhouse gas reduction of 40 percent below the 1990 level along with an EU-wide 27 percent binding target for renewable energy by 2030. The proposal doesn't address transport fuels. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

Dean Tiessen Memorial Fund to honor agricultural entrepreneur

BY Rural Ontario Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA memorial fund has been established to honor the vision and memory of southwestern Ontario agricultural entrepreneur Dean Tiessen of New Energy Farms, who died tragically in Brazil late last year. READ MORE

January 21, 2014

Sonoco dedicates $75 million biomass boiler facility

BY Sonoco Found In:Power, ThermalSonoco has dedicated the new biomass facility at its Hartsville, S.C., plant. The biomass boiler is part of a $100 million investment in the Darlington County compound. It will be fueled primarily by woody biomass from regional logging activities. READ MORE

January 15, 2014

AgEC says 2014 budget agreement highlights need for Farm Bill

BY Agriculture Energy Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2014 Consolidated Appropriations agreement to be considered by Congress today leaves Farm Bill energy programs with no discretionary funding for the year, highlighting the need for Congress to prioritize consideration of the 5-year Farm Bill. READ MORE

January 15, 2014

Genera Energy showcases commercial biomass harvesting concept

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. is showcasing some of the most cutting-edge, effective and innovative commercial harvesting techniques available in the biomass industry as it begins its latest harvest of biomass energy crops. READ MORE

January 13, 2014

Researchers identify a coppicing response gene in biomass willow

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRothamsted Research scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative, have discovered a gene that contributes to the coppicing response of willows. READ MORE

January 10, 2014

U.S. EIA predicts increased wood, waste biomass consumption

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which provides its first 2015 forecasts for wood biomass and waste biomass energy production. READ MORE

January 09, 2014

New York to launch biomass heating initiative

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released his agenda for 2014, which includes plans to launch a biomass heating initiative in the state. The effort will help the "high-efficiency and low-emission biomass heating industry reach scale." READ MORE

January 08, 2014

Rabobank predicts greater use of agricultural residues in the EU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently published by the Netherlands-based Rabobank predicts that agricultural residues will play an increasing role in European bioenergy production through 2020. Woody biomass, however, is expected to continue to dominate the industry. READ MORE

January 08, 2014

Clarkson University teams with BTEC

BY Clarkson University Found In:ThermalIt makes good sense for two organizations that promote good science to work together, so Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment has joined the Biomass Thermal Energy Council to promote improved technology for heating. READ MORE

January 07, 2014

Study evaluates biorefining opportunities in South Australia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe VTT Technical Research Center of Finland recently authored a report for the Australian government that investigates bioenergy opportunities in the Green Triangle region, located in the country's southwest region. READ MORE

January 07, 2014

NY creates $1 billion Green Bank for clean energy development

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasNew York has committed $210 million in initial funding for the $1 billion NY Green Bank initiative. First introduced by N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2013 state of the state address a year ago, the bank is expected to open for business early in 2014. READ MORE

January 03, 2014

EPA releases proposed update to residential wood heater standards

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has released its New Source Performance Standards proposal for new woodstoves and heaters, which go into effect in 2015. The proposal will make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner. READ MORE

January 03, 2014

Poll reveals support for Ohio clean energy initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new poll conducted in Ohio has revealed citizens of the state overwhelmingly support the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, which aims to enact a constitutional amendment that would provide $1.3 billion a year for Ohio to invest in clean energy. READ MORE

December 30, 2013

Manitoba bans coal, petroleum coke heating, incentivizes biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalManitoba's petroleum coke and coal heating ban is set to go into effect with the new year, and the province is encouraging substitution with locally available, green sources of heat, including biomass and geothermal. READ MORE

December 29, 2013

Opinion: Troubleshooting From Mt. Chirripo

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the January issue of the magazine, which digs into plant operations and maintenance, and efficient data capture and transmission. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

10-year trials show 10-ton yields for miscanthus in Illinois

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIllinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

Study provides comparison of biomass crop growth in the Midwest

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDennis Pennington, bioenergy educator at Michigan State University Extension, recently reviewed a study on regional biomass feedstocks conducted by researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois. READ MORE

December 24, 2013

EIA updates state profiles, adds data on renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

In Depth: A Lens on Efficiency

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalAdvancements in thermal imaging technology are providing plant engineers with new insights into combustion conditions. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

Agenda set for 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced this week the agenda for the technical sessions of the 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place March 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

December 22, 2013

Opinion: Wood Stoves Compete on National Mall

BY John AckerlyFound In:ThermalAlliance for Green Heat Executive Director John Ackerly discusses outcomes of the Wood Stove Decathalon held in Washington, D.C., in November. READ MORE