July 28, 2014

Wood Pellet Heat

Alliance for Green Heat newsletter cites comments to EPA; studies on pellet viability. In its May 9 newsletter, the Alliance for Green Heat links to the comments they recently submitted to the EPA on its new rules for wood stoves and other heating alternatives. It also links to a variety of valuable information on heating alternatives, including studies showing the economic and market viability of pellets as a heating source.

Willow Power – Hughesville School Harvests 1st Biomass Crop: On a frigid January morning, East Lycoming School District Business Manager Dave Maciejewski stood next to a 40-acre field of shrub willow and explained why he had asked the district to plant it.

“It’s all about diversity,” he said, “and opportunity.”

Maciejewski was referencing the district’s foray into the field of bioenergy, or the use of renewable energy derived from biological sources, when he spoke at the Willow for Energy Field Day Harvest demonstration at Hughesville High School on Tuesday morning. The event drew a group of more than 30 industry professionals and others.

TAKE ACTION, Come to the Mid-Atlantic Biomass Heat & Power Conference, April 23-24, Gettysburg, PA: Participate in the conference field tours, relax at an evening BBQ, and join the discussions on the how biomass is being used to meet the heat and power needs of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Pellet Boilers: Not Your Grandfather’s Wood Stove: This review of the November 17, 2013 forum in Narrowsburg, NY discusses how a once-quaint technology is being transformed into sustainability’s cutting edge.

Benefits of Wood Pellet Heating: Heating with wood pellets can yield substantial fuel savings. It is also sustainable, carbon-neutral, creates local jobs and could spur whole new industries for the region.

More Companies, Towns Turn To New Boilers That Heat With Wood: Around New Hampshire more institutions, towns and businesses are turning away from oil in favor of heating with wood, viewing it as a renewable resource that helps the region’s economy, lowers the carbon footprint and apparently saves money.

Pennsylvania’s Fuels for Schools & Beyond: A program centered around the sustainable production and utilization of biomass resources within the Commonwealth.

Biomass Thermal Energy Council Accomplishments Summary: The Council engages in government affairs advocacy to establish a level playing field for biomass thermal energy and also conducts education and outreach activities.

Hemp for Biomass and Biofuel: Colorado hemp grower to plant historic first U.S. crop in decades.

On-Site Grass Pellet Production: A demonstration project by the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

ReEnergy Black River Facility at Fort Drum Celebrates Sustainable Forestry Certification: The 60 megawatt plant will use sustainably harvested biomass as its primary fuel.

Growth in Grass Pellet Industry Highlighted at Heating Seminar: Three farmers talk about becoming fuel pellet developers, highlighting the growth of the perennial grass and agricultural-based pellet sector.

Heating with Wood Biomass Making Inroads: A quiet revolution is taking place across the northeast, as heating with wood finds broad new acceptance in applications from residential wood pellet stoves and boilers, to institutional and industrial pellet and chip heating of schools and factories, to district heating of downtown centers and college campuses.

Makin Locally-Grown Industrial Hemp Part of Ohio’s Energy-Efficient Green Economy: The widespread use of industrial hemp could result in numerous environmental and economic benefits, including less reliance on fossil fuels, especially from foreign sources; more efficient use of energy; reduction of atmospheric build-up of carbon dioxide and agricultural pesticide use; and forest conservation.

The History of Hemp as a Fuel Source: Hemp is an extremely versatile crop and has been grown for thousands of years.

Dedication to a Fossil Fuel Free World: Interphase Energy was created by a group of people committed to making a difference for the environment.

Reed Canary Grass as a Pellet Fuel Stock: Based on the increasing interest in alternative energy sources, we have recently looked at the potential for using reed canary grass as a source of heating fuel. Reed canary grass is an abundant, non-native species in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Industrial Wood Pellets Help Keep US Forests Working: Industrial wood pellets, sustainably sourced and supplied from the U.S., are proving to be a clean alternative to coal for European utilities.

Notes on Wood Pellet Conversation: By Patrick Vincent from Vincent’s Heating, Poland, NY.

Preparing for a Pellet Tide: As coal stations in England migrate to wood pellets, the country’s ports are racing to develop robust storage and handling infrastructure.

The Bioenergy Farm Lease Part 3 – Rhizome Reclamation: As the bioenergy industry in the United States expands to meet increased demands for transportation fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard and electrical power under state Renewable Portfolio Standards, farmers will seek the ability to grow dedicated, high yielding energy crops of a perennial nature on leased property.

The MESys AutoPellet Boiler Feature Chart: The MESys AutoPellet boiler is a wood pellet central heating system. It is as reliable and automatic as an oil or propane system.

This Model Concept Could be Happening in the Delaware River Basin: A new program is offering homeowners in Farmington and Wilton, Maine, the opportunity to save 40-50 percent on home heating costs by switching from oil heat to high efficiency wood pellet boilers. Municipalities and non-profits are also eligible to participate.

USDA announces $5.6M for Rural Community Development Initiative: Today’s announcement underscores USDA’s support for public and private research in building the framework for a competitively-priced, American-made biofuels industry in every major American region.

Weedy Grasses as Pellet Fuel Feedstock: The focus of the project is to find economic uses for weedy grasses as well as reduce greenhouse gas inputs into the atmosphere and improve farm finances.

Residential High-Efficiency Wood Boiler with Thermal Storage and Solar-Thermal Hot Water: This installation of the Econoburn two-stage gasification boiler, integrated with thermal storage and a solar-thermal system at Hidley Farm, is an example of maximizing the efficiency of two complementary renewable heating systems.

Wood Pellet Brands: Testing of wood pellet brands, testamonials of Okanagan Pellets, how pellets are made, etc.