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Category: Biomass

Biomass


California Biomass: Abundant Fuel Needs Policy Solution

Biomass Magazine, Aug. 2016, by Bob Cleaves.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13488/california-biomass-abundant-fuel-needs-policy-solution

"California continues to be a frustrating illustration of the paradox of biomass nationwide: So much fuel exists and needs a place to go, yet many biomass facilities are struggling to stay open. An estimated 66 million dead and diseased trees across California—enhanced by a years-long drought combined with a pine beetle epidemic—means fuels are plentiful, but they aren’t being used for biomass power."

The Intricacies of Pyrolyzer Furnace Design

Biomass Magazine, August 16, 2016, by Bradley Waites, Pamela Buzzetta and Crystal Bleecher.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13482/the-intricacies-of-pyrolyzer-furnace-design

"Designing a pyrolyzer furnace is an intricate process. There’s more to the design than making a carbon steel box, lining the walls with refractory, running some process pipes through it, and heating the pipes with burners. While this may describe the design steps in vague detail, it doesn’t capture the intricacies involved in pyrolyzer furnace design. Knowing what to consider and evaluate can be the difference between success and failure."

The Future of Bioenergy Is in this Book-less Library

U.S. Department of Energy, May 3, 2016. by Cory Hatch.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/future-bioenergy-book-less-library

"The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass -- organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. Nearly 50,000 biomass database entries and more than 35,000 physical samples reside in a repository located at the Department of Energy’s Biomass Feedstock National User Facility."

Staving Off a Sunset [Biomass in California]

Biomass Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Bruce Dorminey.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13059/staving-off-a-sunset

"While California’s biomass power industry continues its struggle for survival, fuel suppliers are left without a home for mounting materials."

Wood Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [Wood Pellets]

Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/19958/title/wood-alternatives-to-fossil-fuels.aspx

"Could scraps from sawmills and furniture manufacturers become an affordable, eco-friendly heating option for your facility? Wood chips and pellets – a compressed form of wood-based waste that resembles rabbit feed – are growing in popularity as a green replacement for conventional heating fuels."

The Ultimate Biomass Heating Package [in a School]

Biomass Magazine, Mar. 2016, by Ron Kotrba.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12891/the-ultimate-biomass-heating-package

"Via a contractual arrangement unique to biomass heat in the U.S., Wilton, New Hampshire-based High Mowing School replaced fuel oil with a biomass district heating system from Xylogen."

Hurst Boiler Commissions New Poultry Litter-Fueled Biomass Boiler

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 25, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12825/hurst-boiler-commissions-new-poultry-litter-fueled-biomass-boiler

"Hurst Boiler, an international manufacturer of a complete line of gas, oil, coal and hybrid biomass fuel fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967, announces the commissioning of its third poultry litter- fueled boiler."

Study Suggests Residential Pellet Offgassing a Nonissue

Biomass Magazine, Aug. 12, 2015, by Anna Simet.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12297/study-suggets-residential-pellet-offgassing-a-nonissue

"According to results from a new study released by the University of New Hampshire, indoor storage of pellets in homes using the fuel for heat does not pose a risk of generating carbon monoxide (CO) levels above recommended thresholds. The issue has been contentious in the Northeast, said Adam Sherman, executive director of Vermont-based Biomass Energy Resource Center."

Biomass District Energy Provides Economic, Environmental Benefits

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, June 2015.
http://hpac.com/heating/biomass-district-energy-provides-economic-environmental-benefits

"When John Cressy became facilities director for Sullivan County, N.H., six years ago, a study of the feasibility of utilizing biomass to reduce reliance on foreign fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions was under way. The study did not meet the county’s expectations, and the entire project was shelved. Then, the Wood Education and Resource Center stepped in and offered to do a new feasibility study. 'The study blew our minds,' Cressy said. 'The numbers looked almost too good to be true.'"

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release, June 1, 2015.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/06/0159.xml&contentidonly=true

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility."
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