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MNRE’s Biomass-Based Cogeneration Program Extended by a Year

Mercom Summary The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ( MNRE ) has extended the validity of its biomass-based cogeneration program. The program has been extended until March 31, 2021, or until the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission come into effect, whichever comes first. The...


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A win-win

Canadian Biomass Summary As many members of our industry already know, district energy systems are a renewable, low-carbon way to heat buildings – and even entire cities. Cold countries like Norway and Finland in particular have seen success using these systems. But despite Canada’s...


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Remotely powerful: Nine rural communities’ experience with bioenergy – Part 4

Biomass to Energy Summary The use of community-based biomass energy systems in rural and remote communities in Canada is relatively new, as indicated in the previous articles in this series, with most communities having only a few seasons of operational experience at most. This fourth and...


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Energy from combusting two fuels: waste wood and railway sleepers

Engineer Live Summary Aalborg Energie Technik (AET) will assist Novawood in achieving cleaner air and preventing soil contamination in addition to providing a commercial income from waste wood and railway sleepers, which were previously seen as a waste product. By building a biomass...


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Remotely powerful: Nine rural communities’ experience with bioenergy – Part 2

Canadian Biomass Summary Modern biomass energy systems are one of the few clean and renewable options for displacing fossil fuels to meet both heat and power demands in remote communities. Several diesel-dependent communities across Canada’s north have recently adopted biomass heating and...


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Blue Flint granted $155,000 to consider biomass conversion

Biomass Magazine Summary The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000 to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant located near Underwood, North Dakota. ...


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Department of Energy Announces $97 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development

Energy.Gov Summary Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of...


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WPAC: to lower GHG emissions, BC should prioritize solid biofuels for heat

Canadian Biomass Summary In 2018, the Government of British Columbia released its Clean Energy Plan, promising to create opportunities for all while protecting the province’s clean air, land and water. Remarkably, the plan gives almost no consideration of forest-based bioenergy. Nevertheless...


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Smoke Filled Forecast for Wildfire Risk

The Islands' Sounder Summary During a pandemic, it can be difficult to prepare for a future disaster. When a crisis exists in our mind rather than our eyes, it is easy for it to fade like smoke on the horizon. But the horizon may be filled with smoke soon this fire season, and fire seasons...


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Alaska’s Coal Producer, Usibelli Mines, Expands Into Biomass to Serve Interior Energy Markets

Anchorage Press Summary Alaska’s sole coal producer, Usibelli Mines, Inc. is expanding into biomass, using wood from Interior Alaska’s vast forests. The company announced Friday that it has acquired Superior Pellet Fuels of Fairbanks, a manufacturer of wood pellets and compressed...