Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

April 03, 2015

Massachusetts announces $1 million expansion for AgEnergy grants

BY Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts farmers will soon be able to apply to the expanded Department of Agricultural Resources' AgEnergy Grant Program, thanks to new funding from the Department of Energy Resources. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

UK Green Investment Bank backs new biomass projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. Green Investment Bank has made several announcements recently about investments made for upcoming, renewable energy projects, including the Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd. project. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

Dartmouth-led team studies climate smart dairy farming, bioenergy

BY Dartmouth Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasDartmouth and the University of Maryland have received federal funding to study the environmental and financial benefits of converting methane gas from cow manure into electricity and heat on Vermont and New York dairy farms over the next 60 years. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

Reviewing the Global Pellet Market

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe eighth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is just a few short weeks away, and Biomass Magazine/BBI International have been busy putting the final pieces of the puzzle in place. READ MORE

April 01, 2015

Fortum to invest in a CHP plant in Poland

BY Fortum Found In:Power, ThermalFortum plans to build a new multifuel combined-heat-and-power plant in Zabrze, Poland. The facility is expected to start commercial operations in 2018. The plant will primarily be fueled by refuse derived fuel and coal, but can take in biomass. READ MORE

April 01, 2015

Scottish university wins funding for biomass energy project

BY Scottish Government Found In:ThermalThe University of St. Andrews in Scotland has been awarded funding to support the development of a green energy center that take in woody biomass as fuel. Hot water produced at the plant will heat and cool laboratories and student residences. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

New Brunswick pellet plant to double domestic volume

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGroupe Savoie Inc., a hardwood products supplier in New Brunswick, Canada, recently announced that it plans to double the volume dedicated to the domestic side of its pellet production at its Saint-Quentin pellet plant in the coming year. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Saxlund, Axis Industries announce new joint biomass projects

BY Saxlund International Found In:Power, ThermalFollowing their strategic partnership, biomass combustion and bulk materials handling firm Saxlund International, together with Axis Industries have announced two new biomass combustion projects to deliver combined-heat-and-power (CHP) for customers. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Phoenix seeks trash-to-energy solutions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe city of Phoenix is calling on the private sector for responses to a request for proposals (RFP) and call for innovators (CFI) to turn trash into resources. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Groups laud biomass heat inclusion in federal GHG Executive Order

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council & Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Pellet Fuels Institute commend President Obama's commitment to expanding the use of renewable thermal energy with the issuance of Executive Order "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade." READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Report provides insight on UK bioenergy future

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy has the potential to help secure UK energy supplies, mitigate climate change, and create significant green growth opportunities if deployed effectively, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute. READ MORE

March 20, 2015

AEE report illustrates growth in the U.S. advanced energy market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Advanced Energy Economy recently commissioned a study completed by Navigant Research that found the U.S. advanced energy market grew by 14 percent last year, which is five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Obama signs executive order to reduce federal GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasPresident Obama has signed an executive order focused on planning for federal sustainability in the next decade. Renewable energy targets and compliance with the USDA's BioPreferred program are among the issues addressed in the executive order. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Bioenergy projects selected for CEC funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Energy Commission recently approved $21 million in grants for energy innovation and efficiency programs. Several bioenergy projects were among those selected for funding. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Cleanergy announces first deployment of GasBox

BY Cleanergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasCleanergy recently announced the first deployment of its GasBox at a waste water treatment plant. The Jesenice plant in the north west of Slovenia is now using Cleanergys combined-heat-and-power system to generate electricity and heat from methane. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Bioenergy South of the Border

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLast week, I interviewed Greg Smith from Global Energy Solutions, and during our chat I asked him about opportune countries for bioenergy project development. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Progressive Waste Solutions opens renewable natural gas facility

BY Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsProgressive Waste Solutions Ltd. recently celebrated the official opening of its renewable natural gas facility, the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The facility is located in Terrebonne, Quebec, near Montreal. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

Blazing a trail for biomass apprentices

BY re:heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalLeading players in the U.K.'s biomass industry have joined forces to develop a skills standard under the British government's Apprenticeship Trailblazers program. The Biomass Installation Engineer program is led by Neil Harrison of re:heat. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

RWE drops biomass power, adds biomass thermal, wind

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalWhile RWE Group reported it achieved its earnings targets for 2014 and EBITDA was better than planned, low electricity prices and unusually mild weather negatively affected business performance, which dropped 25 percent from 2013 to 2014. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

JBEI researchers use proteomics to profile switchgrass

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoint BioEnergy Institute researchers have used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass, a North American native prairie grass that is widely viewed as one of the most promising fuel crop candidates. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

Valmet to deliver a biomass boiler plant to project in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Power, ThermalValmet Corp. will deliver a boiler plant that utilizes biomass to Nokianvirran Energia in Finland. Valmet's delivery will include a HYBEX boiler with a steam power of 68 MW. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

Celebrating Industry Leaders

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the past three years, Biomass Magazine has recognized outstanding industry contributions and achievements through two special awards granted at the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

March 11, 2015

Report highlights potential of U.K. bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has published a policy paper that highlights the economic and environmental potential of the emerging bioeconomy. The report finds significant potential in the utilization of waste resources. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

EIA reports illustrate bioenergy growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that total renewables used for electricity and heat generation will grow by 2.9 percent this year. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

Project aims to help Adirondack residents switch to pellet heat

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalFinancial and technical assistance to help homeowners and businesses switch to high-efficiency wood pellet heating is now available to Adirondack homeowners and businesses through the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative. READ MORE

March 09, 2015

RWE officially opens 65 MW Markinch biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalRWE Innogy has officially unveiled its 65 MW biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility in Fife, Scotland. The Markinch facility was opened March 5 by Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP. READ MORE

March 09, 2015

Viridis Energy subsidiary secures supply agreement

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a contract with an existing supplier for exclusive distribution of up to 18,000 metric tons of 100 percent Douglas fir pellets. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Green Building Standard under consideration to include biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, or Standard 189.1, may include a definition of biomass, as well as requirements pertaining to the use of the source in the future. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Miscanthus ethanol increases environmental benefits, profits

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. READ MORE