Biomass

Hydrogen from Landfill Powers Forklifts at BMW Plant

Carl Weinschenk

Fuel cells fueled by garbage are being used at a BMW plant in Greer, S.C. Five groups – the auto maker, the Energy Department, Ameresco, the Gas Technology Institute and the South Carolina Research Authority – are working together on the project. The latest sign of progress – and a big one it was –   …Continue Reading


Biomass Group Studies Role in Clean Power Plan

Carl Weinschenk

Biomass, which provides about 2.5 percent of power in the U.S., is one of the technologies that the Obama Administration pointed to in the Clean Power Plan released on August 3. If and how the technology will be leveraged is unclear, however, and will be determined on a case by case basis, according to Bob Cleaves,   …Continue Reading


PHG to Build Big Gasification Plant for Sevier Solid Waste

Carl Weinschenk

PHG Energy will build a biomass gasification plant for Sevier Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, TN. The facility will be capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material into thermal energy daily. At the same time, it will produce valuable high-carbon biochar. Sevier Solid Waste is a garbage composting plant serving Sevierville,   …Continue Reading


Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

Al Maiorino

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs. The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to   …Continue Reading


Biomass Supplements Output of Geothermal Power Plant

Linda Hardesty

Enel Green Power has brought online a biomass plant to heat geothermal steam at the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant in Tuscany, Italy. The project will increase both the energy efficiency and the power output of the geothermal cycle. A small power plant fueled by forest biomass sourced from within a radius of 70 km   …Continue Reading


PNNL to Provide Technology Assistance to Small Clean Energy Firms

Karen Henry

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been tapped as one of five national laboratories to lead the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV will help small clean energy firms get technology assistance from scientists, engineers and facilities within the DOE national laboratory system. PNNL was selected to support small   …Continue Reading


Cheese Factory Installs Anaerobic Digestion

Linda Hardesty

British anaerobic digestion (AD) company Clearfleau has finished the first stage in a project for First Milk, one of the UK’s largest cheese makers. Once operational, the First Milk AD plant will feed bio-methane into the gas grid – the first dairy processing site in Europe to do so. Lake District Biogas (LDB), a company   …Continue Reading


USDA Invests $6.7 Million in 544 Energy Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture is investing more than $6.7 million in 544 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. The awards list is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of the grant agreement. USDA Secretary Vilsack made the announcement during a visit to the Snake River Brewing Company, in Jackson, Wyoming. The company   …Continue Reading


Innasol Installs 3,500 Biomass Boilers in 5 Years

Linda Hardesty

The UK biomass company Innasol says it has installed more than 3,500 biomass boilers and heat pumps across the country, saving its customers more than $26 million on their energy bills. Over the past five years, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has offered financial incentives to consumers in exchange   …Continue Reading


Bahama Yacht Club to Generate Power from Solid Waste

Linda Hardesty

Cirque Energy executed a Joint Development Agreement with Cat Cay Yacht Club, a private island, in the Bahamas, for the development of a $2 million renewable energy generation facility, using Cirque Energy’s deployable gasification unit technology. The operation will process the island’s solid waste into syngas fuel using Cirque Energy’s gasification and cleanup technology to   …Continue Reading