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Biomass & Renewable Energy

Hawaii's Only Coal-Fired Power Plant Asked to Add Biomass to its Repertoire

AES Hawaii Power Plant, the only coal-fired plant in the state, has been asked to convert some of the energy being produced at the plant in to biomass from coal.

"Hawaiian Electric believes that AES could provide superior optionality for the Oahu power system to optimize between cost and Renewable Portfolio Standard should AES have the capability to operate on coal and biomass,” the utility said.

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New Video Documents Advancement of Wood Heating in Vermont

Today over one-third of all K-12 students in Vermont attend a wood heated school and Vermont is home to the greatest concentration of installed modern wood heating systems in North America.

The industry’s growth in Vermont is attributed to a high dependence on expensive heating oil, a wealth of forest resources, a culture of active forest management, supportive state policies, and on-going technical and support services from the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) and its partners.

Oregon mill to add 20-30 jobs as a result of stewardship contract

Malheur Lumber Co. plans to add 20 to 30 jobs to their John Day Mill, going beyond a single shift for the first time since 1998 as a result of strong collaboration efforts and the launch of the 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest.

Wood fiber to mop up oil spills

Wood fibers have potential to clean up oil spills thanks to a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge developed by Swiss wood researchers Empa.   The material is highly absorbent, but light enough to float on the service and can be used from recycled wood materials and other cellulose-containing remains such as recycled paper, wood, and agricultural by-p

$5.88 million grant promises innovations in biomass research

Humboldt State University, Forest Business Network and 14 other regional partners received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research.

Biomass emissions to be cut in half?

Australian scientists have engineered a new technology which converts coal or biomass into a water-based slurry called micronized refined carbon (MRC) which has the potential to slash emissions by as much as 50%.  According to CSIRO Energy Group Executive Alex Wonhas, this technology is capable of halving carbon dioxide intensity as well as significantly reducing power costs.

Electricity from wood pellets produce less greenhouse gas emissions

A new study shows that a unit of electricity generated from wood pellets results in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50-68% lower than electricity derived from fossil fuels.  The highest emissions savings come from logging residues and pulpwood.  

Willow power: hybrid willows fuel school

The Willow Crop Green Energy power producing program was developed in Hughesville, PA with an $8,000 grant through the PA Energy Development Authority. The plant sources its power from shrub willow hybrids, which are converted into wood chips as biofuels.  European governments have been using this alternative energy source since the ‘70’s.

Rural economies could be strengthened with forest thinning in Arizona

A recent study examined the potential for small diameter wood harvesting in Arizona forests to strengthen both forest health and local economies. Analysis indicates its potential use for biomass/energy production.

Schools in Maine slash heating bills by using wood

In the heating season ending in 2013, the Forest Service credited its Wood to Energy Grant Program with helping 24 facilities, including 13 schools or school systems, replace upward of 900,000 gallons of heating oil with locally produced wood chips and pellets that provide the same energy output for less than half the price.  The $11.4 million in funding to support these projects in Maine came from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


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