Oregon Senator Introduces Grant Program To Improve Biomass Innovation

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been working to increase the use of biomass in his state and the country, and has introduced another bill with the goal of improving technologies for woody biomass. The bill, the Bioenergy Act of 2015, would create a cost-share grant program at the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve technology […]

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been working to increase the use of biomass in his state and the country, and has introduced another bill with the goal of improving technologies for woody biomass.

The bill, the Bioenergy Act of 2015, would create a cost-share grant program at the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve technology in the area — including those that would “improve technologies for drying and compressing woody biomass, which improves fuel quality and allows biomass producers to more easily transport wood products from forested areas to market,” Sen. Wyden said in a statement.

Sen. Wyden is also hoping for innovations in technology like new power plant designs and neighborhood heating systems. Sen. Wyden said that using “small trees that overcrowd forests and worsen the risks of wildfires,” the Bioenergy Act would also help improve the health of the forests across the United States.

“Oregonians in rural communities have already found that using biomass energy can be a low-cost, low-carbon way to heat their homes,” Wyden said in a statement. “This bill will reduce wildfire risks by putting to good use the hazardous fuels that overcrowd our forests, and create jobs in rural Oregon by making it easier to take biomass projects from the woods to other parts of the country.”

Sen. Wyden used Oregon company Integrated Biomass Resources as an example. The company just received an innovation grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for an invention of a system that traps extra steam.

From Fierce Energy: http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/sen-ron-wyden-introduces-grant-program-improve-biomass-innovation/2015-05-18

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