Wood has so many possibilities, but who would have thought it could fuel a truck? Wayne Keith from Alabama decided just that. Keith heard about wood-burning trucks used by oil-deprived countries in Europe during World War II. That's when he began to study plans and toy with the idea of making his own. When gas prices rose, Keith finally had the motivation he needed to accomplish his goal.
As the sun sets on an $11.4 million federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry, early returns seem to indicate that the investment was a sound one. The U.S. Department of Forestry spent the money in the Fuels for Public Buildings grant to help bring 24 biomass conversion projects to fruition in schools, hospitals and public buildings across the state.
The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change proposed new sustainability criteria for biomass sourcing last September and a comment period wrapped up at the end of November, but the official standards are yet to be released. As proposed, a biomass power facility would have to demonstrate that 70 percent of the wood used to manufacture the pellets it procures has chain-of-custody (COC) certification, from the forest of origin to the final user.
Severe weather swings caused by climate change are occurring more frequently and cause problems with drought, blow downs, insect infestations and invasive species in Minnesota. Minnesota State Forester Forrest Boe, said the state presents challenges and opportunities for thermal biomass utilization.
German Pellets plans to open a second giant wood pellet plant in U.S.. Just as it is readying to opening a 500,000-metric ton wood pellet production facility in Woodville, Texas, German Pellets announced that it plans to build an additional 1 million-metric ton plant in Louisiana, with construction slated to begin this month. The plant will be located in the central Louisiana town of Urania, which has a population of about 1,300.
The Woody Biomass Joint Venture is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, that began working in 2010 to establish a US/Canadian comprehensive wood-to-energy database. The searchable database open to anyone with interest in the state of wood to energy conversion at a national, state/provincial or local operating level.
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University hosted visitors last month from as far away as New York and Guatemala at the Thomas M. Brooks Forest Products Center. The occasion? Demonstrations of the Department's new portable biomass power plant.
Australia could be fueling its airplanes with plantation timber and waste from crops within three to five years according to a key research institute. The Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is part of an international researchers team aiming to make five percent of the worlds aviation fuel out of biomass by 2020.
The ash that underwent tests in this study did not display any toxicity in the biotests carried out. Chemically, it was characterised as having a high, but not corrosive pH, an adequate magnesium content for fertilizer purposes, and a quantity of heavy metals at concentrations below those present in nature.
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