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University of Iowa Uses Home Grown Fuel

Summary The University of Iowa has partnered with Iowa State University to plant test crops of the perennial grass Miscanthus X Giganteus to be used as fuel for UI Power Plant boilers. The renewable fuel will be grown locally and will reduce the UI’s dependence coal. The crop also requires...


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Biomass Hot Water District Heating for Small Communities without Natural Gas: the Grand Marais Story

Summary The City of Grand Marais is at an advanced stage in developing a hot water district heating system fueled with abundant local waste biomass. Key motivations include stabilization and reduction of long-term energy costs for propane and fuel oil, mitigating wildfire danger, creation of...


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CHP included in UK government funding announcement

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary The UK’s energy minister Richard Harrington has confirmed that up to £557m will be made available for electricity projects in a Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in Spring 2019, with combined heat and power set to benefit. “We’ve shown...

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Biomass plant to cut SFU's greenhouse gasses by two-thirds

Simon Fraser University, Canadian Biomass Summary Simon Fraser University (SFU) and SFU Community Trust are collaborating with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc., on a $33-million community-based biomass project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility (BMDEU). The project,...

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£325 million Rosyth biomass plant could still go ahead

Dunfermline Press Summary A biomass plant that promised to create hundreds of jobs in Rosyth could still happen. The £325 million project was approved by the Scottish Government in 2014, just two months before the applicants pulled out. Forth Energy Ltd, a joint venture between Scottish...

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Biomass-fuelled solution for Grand Falls General Hospital

Andrew Snook, Canadian Biomass Summary For many of the people who reside in the northwestern region of New Brunswick, the name Groupe Savoie is well known. In addition to being a major employer in the area, the specialty hardwood products manufacturer is very active within the communities it...

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Veolia inaugurates Spain’s largest district heating scheme

Diarmaid Willaims, DeCentralized Energy Summary Five years after its development was announced, and after a year of tests, Veolia and Móstoles Ecoenergía have inaugurated the biggest district heating of Spain. The 12 MW biomass plant and network will provide heating and hot water to 6,500...

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Biomass and CHP Microgrid in Vermont: Burlington Case Study

Summary Burlington, Vermont is looking to increase energy resilience by optimizing local resources. Ever-Green worked with local leaders to develop an implementation plan to serve the University of Vermont and other customers with a more efficient system. The key to the project is utilization...


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Sustainability on Campus: Case Studies at Bowdoin College, Colby College, Williams College and UMass Amherst

Summary This interactive jeopardy style presentation will discuss a variety of sustainability-related projects with higher-education institutions. Case studies will include: carbon management with Bowdoin College and Colby College; successful implementation of both onsite and remote solar PV at...


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District heating included in EIB financial package

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved financing which is set to benefit small scale biomass and district heating in Europe. It’s part of investment totalling €1.3 billion (£1.14bn) aimed at energy and water projects worldwide. ...