May 2012

Taylor Biomass Energy Receives Approval For Waste-To-Energy Plant

Taylor Biomass Energy, based in Montgomery, N.Y., has received the final, local “green light” by the town board of Montgomery, N.Y., to move ahead with plans to build a waste-to-energy facility in the city. The project will be built on Taylor Recycling’s existing 90-acre site. According to Taylor Biomass Energy (TBE), the vote to approve […]

UK Biomass Capacity Doubles Over Last Two Years

The UK’s Aberdeen City and Shire has doubled its biomass capacity over the last two years to around 20MW of heat generation. Nine new projects across the region have brought the number of operational wood fuel boilers to 200, with local fuel production to meet this demand in excess of 130,000 green tons equivalent. Some […]

Pellet Plant Owner: Need To Grow The Industry

The wood pellet and wood chip industry is going to have to grow if regional companies that make and distribute the product are going to stay alive. Pat Curran, owner of Curran Renewable Energy in Massena, was part of a panel discussing the forest products industry recently at the Adirondack Research Consortium. Curran explained how […]

Iowa State Team Gets Grant For Biomass Pretreatment Research

The Iowa Energy Center recently awarded three grants to research projects focused on improving thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels and renewable chemicals. The selected projects will receive one-year research and demonstration grants with negotiated renewal terms of up to three years. The projects will be conducted by research teams at Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy […]

ReEnergy To Convert New York Power Plant To Biomass

A former coal fired power generation plant is going green by converting to a renewable form of fossil fuel, biomass. An Albany-based energy company, ReEnergy, is going to convert the power plant to run on wood. Dr. Timothy Volk of SUNY ESF said, “The assessments that have been done in New York State and particularly […]

Brothers Push Forest Biomass As Energy Good For Oregon

It could be the ultimate expression of a heated sibling rivalry. The younger brother makes something and the older one burns it up. But in this case, Chris and Francis Sharron are partners in a problematic revival of the oldest human heating method: setting fire to wood. Chris Sharron’s West Oregon Wood Products compresses mill […]

Pelletco Offers Heating Cost Reduction Program To Northeast Schools

Not too long ago, the need to trim school budgets would place sport teams or art programs at risk. Unfortunately today, headlines more often report that teacher jobs are now the victim of drastic cost-cutting measures, often citing rising fossil fuel costs which can destroy even the most responsibly managed school budget. In a groundbreaking, […]

Vermont Biomass Project Gets Federal Support

A project to help heat Vermont state offices and a number of private buildings in downtown Montpelier with a new biomass system is getting a $1.75 million boost with a federal grant and loan. The nearly $20 million project will be built on the site of the existing state heating plant not far from the […]

New Biomass Heating System For Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Smoldering wood chips in oxygen-starved chambers will be used to generate steam heat for most of the buildings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new energy-efficient process also provides a market for low-grade wood that loggers would otherwise leave on the forest floor, officials said. The cutting-edge biomass gasification plant replaces four worn-out boilers that […]

B.C. Timber Company To Install 13 MW Biomass Plant, Sell Power To Utility

West Fraser Timber Company will generate 13 MW of power for its British Columbia plant and the province as a whole, using wood chips converted to biomass fuel. The wood products company has signed a deal with Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, which will deliver a biomass heat recovery power plant, comprising two Turboden 65 […]


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