June 2012

University Of Minnesota, Morris Demonstrates New Biomass Power Technology

The University of Minnesota, Morris is a national leader in sustainable energy and green living. As a leader, Morris is at the forefront of new sustainable energy technologies, such as the PowerTainer—a transportable diesel engine generator (genset) powered by biomass. The unit, completely housed in a standard 20 foot shipping container, is the result of […]

U.S. Biomass: Where Do All the Wood Pellets Go?

Europe is usually the last place on one’s mind when riding through miles of surprisingly desolate pine forests, stretching from the Alabama line to Georgia’s marshy coast. But, in an unlikely convergence of European eco-policy and Southeastern pines, a Georgia wood pellet plant is now supplying a German-based utility with a steady stream of carbon-neutral […]

RWE’s Tilbury Biomass Plant Restarts After Fire

Germany’s RWE said its biomass power plant at Tilbury resumed exporting electricity to the British energy grid last week for the first time since a fire ripped through the site in February. “Everyone on site has been working hard to get the station up and running following the fire in February and the first of […]

Group Looks To Turn Forest Waste Into Fuel For Jets

The future of Pacific Northwest forests may lie in the stuff loggers now leave behind. That’s the bet the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance has made in networking a roomful of professors, business leaders and government officials to turn wood waste into jet fuel. They’re working through a $40 million federal grant to envision all the […]

Forest Products Lab Hosts Important Wood-To-Energy Roundtable

Arthur “Butch” Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, paid a visit to the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis., recently to convene an important roundtable discussion on wood-to-energy concerns in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Among the participants were wood scientists and technology transfer authorities from FPL and […]

Alaska Coast Guard Prepares For Switch To Pellets

The U.S. Coast Guard air station in Sitka is abandoning oil as a heat source. Work will start in the next week on a new heating system that uses wood pellets instead of oil. It’s part of an effort to make the Coast Guard more energy efficient. For years, the Coast Guard has used oil […]

North Carolina: A Bioenergy Case Study

State and Federal policies on renewable energy will, to a great extent, drive demand for wood-to-energy biomass feedstocks. Across the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have adopted renewable portfolio standards (RPS) mandating that a certain percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by a certain date. In the South, […]

Public Perception Puts Pressure On Biomass

Biomass had so much promise. But now it’s about to go up in smoke. Only a few years ago, energy production from biomass had one of the brightest, most promising futures in both the U.S. and Europe. The EU’s 20/20/20 Renewable Energy Directive set a sizable proportion of the 20% renewable energy goal to come […]

USDA Helps Northern Maine Medical Center Fund $3.6 Million Biomass Project

Thanks to funding secured through USDA Rural Development, Northern Maine Medical Center will produce cleaner, more cost-efficient heat by year’s end. The $3.6 million federal loan, coupled with a $750,000 grant from the Maine Forest Service, is funding construction, purchase and installation of a state-of-the art biomass furnace at the hospital. The new furnace replaces […]

New Biomass-Powered Train To Travel At 130 M.P.H.

If the Twin Cities-based Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) has anything to do with it, trains will soon run carbon-neutral. Recently, the Coalition, a project of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Environment, teamed up with Sustainable Rail International, a non-profit advocacy group, to announce the launch of an initiative to build the world’s fastest […]


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