Business and Industries

A. Reponen Oy

With a Mostly Home-Built System, A Family Business Trades Oil for Woodchips

Biomass-fueled district heating is a Finnish specialty: about half of the country’s buildings, large and small, receive heat through a biomass district system...

Chisholm Lumber

Lumber Firm's Waste Wood Now Heats Its Drying Kilns

In 2004, a fire consumed the two drying kilns operated by Chisholm Lumber in Tweed, Ontario. In this setback, the company saw an opportunity...

Fronius International Factory

Underground Woodchip Boilers Provide High-Efficiency Industrial Heat

The most unusual aspect of the woodchip system that heats the large Fronius International factory in Wels, Upper Austria, is this: It’s underground...

Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant, Xolar Group

A Solar Firm's Super-Tight Headquarters Building Aims to Become Wholly Heat-Energy Independent

One Austrian company’s goal has been to build an industrial facility that will, in time, require virtually no external heating fuel or heat supply. Xolar Group, a fast-growing maker of solar hot water panels, is on a path to succeed. Biomass plays an important role, in the form of three relatively small wood pellet boilers tucked away in a basement of this large building...

Limlaw Pulpwood and Chipping

One Woodchip Supplier's Story of Investment, Market Building, and Success

In Topsham, Vermont, Bruce Limlaw’s family history in the wood-supply business goes back to the horse-drawn days, and runs through the years when shipping pulpwood to paper mills was a major northern New England industry...

Madsen's Custom Cabinets

For a Custom Woodworking Business in Alberta, Waste that Was a Headache Is Now Heating Fuel

Asked how he got into heating his high-end woodworking business in Edmonton, Alberta with its own wastewood, Kent Madsen says: "To be perfectly honest, what motivated me to do this was, my partner drove me nuts."...

Mitter Transporte Fuel Company

Going with the Future: A Transporting Company Shifts to Pellets

A few years ago, the Mitter Transporte fuel company in the suburban town of Haid outside the central Austrian city of Linz felt strongly the currents of change—and its managers responded...

National Life Group

National Life Group's New Biomass Boiler System Outperforms Expectations

To find out if a biomass heating system works smoothly or not, ask the people who really run it—day by day...

NRG Wind Systems

At a Super-Efficient Industrial Site, Pellet Boilers Are the Choice

When David and Jan Blittersdorf, owners of NRG Wind Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, were planning their business’s new manufacturing and office facility—a building that would use one-fifth to one-third as much energy as typical facilities of comparable size—they pondered how best to heat it...

Woodchip District Heating Business

Simple Business Has a Cost-Saving Product: Shared Heat

The Joutsan Ekowatti woodchip district-heat business is a shareholder venture that operates, mostly, without people...