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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Biomass

Biomass


Streamlined Motor Management System Boosts Biomass Power Generation [Paper Mill]

Pumps & Systems, Aug. 2014, by Matthias Borutta.
http://www.pump-zone.com/motors/august-2014-streamlined-motor-management-system-boosts-biomass-power-generation

"Trusted gateway connections allow for system growth, efficiency and consistent maintenance at Swedish paper mill.

Paper production requires large amounts of power. The Smurfit Kappa plant in Piteå, Sweden, uses its own biomass boilers to meet part of its energy needs. The cleaning system in place for the high-performance steam generator includes a specialized motor management solution to ensure uninterrupted motor operation."

Wood-Pellet-Fired Boilers Provide Highly Efficient, No-Fuss Operation

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, June 2014, by Dan Vastyan.
http://hpac.com/heating/wood-pellet-fired-boilers-provide-highly-efficient-no-fuss-operation

"The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)...wanted a district hydronic heating system fired by a renewable fuel—ideally, wood for its Resource Management Center—in Weiser State Forest in eastern Pennsylvania.

After reviewing several proposals, the DCNR chose a solution offered by ATI Systems Inc., a hybrid representative/distributor/engineering-services organization based in Conestoga, Pa., whose founder, Carl Longenecker, has found a way to burn wood automatically at near-condensing efficiencies with an air-friendly emissions profile vastly beyond traditional wood and coal burners
."

Biofuel Technology Goes Mobile [Pyrolysis]

WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), Press Release, Jun. 2014.
http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/2014/06/11/biofuel-technology-goes-mobile/

"Scientists like Manuel Garcia-Perez and his graduate students, who study biosystems engineering at Washington State University, are helping to nurture the emerging biofuels industry by developing pyrolysis technologies. Garcia-Perez and Geraldo Ferreira-David of Brazil calculate material entering and exiting the pyrolysis system."

When Woody Biomass Brings Music to Your Ears!

TimberWest, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Barbara Coyner.
http://www.forestnet.com/TWissues/2014_march_april/biomass.php

"...did you know that a [Alaska] school district that utilizes woody biomass has saved enough money on heating and energy costs to hire a full-time music teacher AND build and heat a commercial greenhouse?"

Surveying the US Waste-to-Energy Fleet

Biomass Magazine, May 2014, by Kolby Hoagland.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10322/surveying-the-us-waste-to-energy-fleet

"Waste-to-energy plants in the U.S. generate nearly 2,500 MW of power and consume about 30 percent of the nation’s waste."

From Fluff to Fuel [MSW to Pellets]

Biomass Magazine, May 2014, by Susanne Retka Schill.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10326/from-fluff-to-fuel

"Tennessee-based WastAway engineers pellets from MSW that is treated with steam and pressure."

High Solids Anaerobic Digestion + Composting in San Jose

BioCycle, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/03/28/high-solids-anaerobic-digestion-composting-in-san-jose/

"A facility that marries dry anaerobic digestion and composting under the same roof to process the organic fraction of municipal solid waste opened for business late last year at the south end of the San Francisco Bay in San Jose, California. Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWEDC) — developer and owner of the 90,000 tons/year facility — recognized the benefits of colocation to enable extraction of the energy value of the food waste, followed by composting of the digestate. The plant, comprised of 16 high-solids dry fermentation digesters and four in-vessel composting tunnels, began receiving organics from the commercial sector in San Jose in mid-December."

Poplars Designed for Deconstruction: A Major Boon to Biofuels

University of Wisconsin-Madison News, Apr. 3, 2014.
http://www.news.wisc.edu/22698

"What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.

Michigan State University Associate Professor and (GLBRC) scientist Curtis Wilkerson describes his and University of Wisconsin-Madison colleagues’ paper, appearing in the April 4 issue of Science, as 'a rare, top-down approach to engineering plants – in this case poplars – for digestibility
.'"

The Challenge of Forecasting Pellet Demand

Pellet Mill Magazine/Biomass Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Susanne Retka Schill.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10129/the-challenge-of-forecasting-pellet-demand

"Can the demand boost from this winter’s severe cold and energy costs be sustained?"

How the Northern States can Heat with Renewable Energy and Create Jobs and Economic Growth while Significantly Lowering Carbon Emissions

FutureMetrics, LLC, December 2013, by William Strauss.
http://futuremetrics.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/How-the-Northern-States -can-Heat-with-Renewable-Energy-and-Create-
Jobs-Economic-Growth-and-Environmental-Benefits.pdf


A white paper from a consulting firm for the pellet fuel industry -
"As this white paper will show, the negative economic and environmental impacts of this [petroleum-based fossil fuels] dependency are significant. But this paper will also show that the positive benefits that accrue from the conversion of homes and businesses from fossil fueled heating systems to renewable premium pellet fueled systems are significant. "
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