Minnesota State University Class Studies Biomass Emissions

Bruce Jones and his Automotive Engineering Technology students at Minnesota State University are used to using sensitive equipment to measure the emissions from cars, lawnmowers, diesel trucks and any other kind of motorized device. This coming school year the professor, undergraduate and graduate students will be loading equipment on trailers and traveling to Cloquet, Albany […]

Bruce Jones and his Automotive Engineering Technology students at Minnesota State University are used to using sensitive equipment to measure the emissions from cars, lawnmowers, diesel trucks and any other kind of motorized device.

This coming school year the professor, undergraduate and graduate students will be loading equipment on trailers and traveling to Cloquet, Albany and Altura to test emissions from three large woody biomass furnaces being tested by the state.

“The way you measure that is similar to how you measure vehicle emissions, so that’s how we got into it. It’s not a huge stretch from what we do to do this,” Jones said.

The projects were recently awarded grant money from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through its NextGen Energy grants. The grants are part of the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation program to help fund creative and emerging agricultural projects.

The grant awards were specifically targeted at projects using woody biomass to replace propane as a heat source in regions of the state without access to natural gas, according to Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “These projects cover various sectors of the state as well as different technologies for biomass heating,” he said. “This may help develop markets for the use of wood as fuel in an environmentally responsible way.”

From the Mankato Free Press: http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/msu-class-studies-biomass-emissions/article_43628d72-280f-11e5-a06a-f3111eb275c1.html

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