Biomass and Renewable Energy

First black pellet plant expected to be fully operational by 2015

The Canadian Biomass Magazine reports that Aconex, provider of the world’s most widely used construction project management software, is supporting Zilkha Biomass Energy in the design and building of the first full-scale commercial black pellet production facility in the world, with an output capacity of 275,000 metric tons per year.

Pennsylvania greenhouses turn to biomass to provide heat

Tom Childs, of Twin Springs Fruit Farm in Orrtanna, PA, was looking for an alternative method to heat his greenhouses, and the answer came in the form of a new building, a new tractor and a very large boiler equipped with electronic controls.

After several years of planning, visits to other operations with wood chip boiler systems and many meetings with various specialists, their vision came to fruition.

Cheaper, greener supercapacitors in our near future

Supercapacitors are power devices very similar to batteries. While batteries rely on chemical reactions to produce sustained electrical energy, supercapacitors collect charged ions on their electrodes (in this case, the biochar), and quickly release those ions during discharge. This allows them to supply energy in short, powerful bursts - during a camera flash, for example, or in response to peak demand on the energy grid.

Alliance for Green Heat sponsors Wood Stove Decathlon on the National Mall

The Wood Stove Decathlon starts in two weeks with an opening ceremony taking place on Friday, November 15. The decathlon will take place in tents along the national mall in Washington D.C..

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the Danish Ambassador are among the VIPs speaking at the Opening Ceremony or the Awards Ceremony on the 19th.