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Pellet Maker Installs ORC Biomass Power System

Linda Hardesty

Turboden was chosen by Maine Woods Pellet Company to supply a biomass based Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power unit for its plant in Athens, Maine. The plant can produce up to 100,000 tons of wood pellets per year. The Turboden ORC system will produce 8 MW, converting the heat of thermal oil generated by wood   …Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bills to Advance Renewable Energy in Nebraska

Karen Henry

Nebraska State senators will introduce five bills intended to advance the state’s renewable energy industry, KNOP-TV reports. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist’s bill would create a transferrable state production tax credit for renewable electric generation facilities. Nordquist says that Iowa and Oklahoma, which already offer a credit against state income tax for each kilowatt hour of electricity   …Continue Reading


NREL Enzyme Could Offset Fossil Fuel Dependence

Karen Henry

Lignocellulosic biomass is the most plentiful and sustainable resource on Earth, largely made up of plant residuals that would otherwise go unused and left to decay. Using this biomass as a source of alternative fuels can help offset the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have   …Continue Reading


Solar Patents Reach a Record High

Karen Henry

The number of solar patents recorded a new high of 335, up 29 over the previous record set in the second quarter of 2013, and 110 over the third quarter of 2013, according to the Q3 2014 Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI). This is the sixth straight quarter that solar patents have topped the patent   …Continue Reading


Hurst Boiler Central to Biomass District Energy Project

Linda Hardesty

Sullivan County, NH, purchased a Hurst biomass boiler district heating system with a backpressure steam turbine/generator. The Hurst system is serving the county’s 166-bed nursing home and 168-bed prison complex as well as two smaller onsite buildings in Unity, NH. The biomass combined heat and power (CHP) district energy system constructed in Unity is almost entirely   …Continue Reading


P&G Biomass Plant Moves Forward

Karen Henry

Members of the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority (PDA) approved a $230 million bond resolution to build a biomass energy plant adjacent to the Proctor & Gamble campus, the Albany Herald reports. The plant will primarily be used to power P&G-Albany, but the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany will use the plant for energy   …Continue Reading


Bioenergy for America’s Energy Future

Linda Hardesty

A short documentary film showcases examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The product was developed by the US Department of   …Continue Reading


Wind Power Dominates New Generating Capacity in US

Karen Henry

Wind power provided over two-thirds of new US electrical generating capacity in October 2014, according to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. Specifically, five wind farms in Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came on line last month, accounting for 574 MW of new capacity. In   …Continue Reading


Nestlé’s Onsite Anaerobic Digestion Uses It’s Own Waste to Supply 8% of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

British company Clearfleau built an onsite anaerobic digestion plant for Nestlé at its confectionery factory near Newcastle, UK. One year after commissioning, the plant is converting 53,000 gallons per day of feedstock into renewable energy. This feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tons of residual bi-products and ingredients per annum. The biogas   …Continue Reading


Army Issues RFP for CHP Project at Redstone Arsenal

Karen Henry

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., hosted a pre-proposal conference for companies interested in building and operating a combined heat and power (CHP) renewable energy project on Redstone Arsenal, AL.com reports. Representatives from 40 companies attended the conference. The Engineering and Support Center issued a request for proposals   …Continue Reading