Information on renewable and alternative energy, including biofuels such as sorghum, canola or rapeseed, switchgrass, giant miscanthus, willow and wood. Tips on production of fuel pellets, anaerobic digesters, biomass and biogas and biodiesel safety.
New specifications help building owners and designers compare biomass energy equipment clearly and quickly
Thermal treatment of biomass may hold the key to developing new bioenergy markets
Penn State Extension participates in regional bioenergy meetings
Douglas Schaufler, Ph.D., P.E.
This publication focuses on fire hazards in systems that process perennial grass biomass. Described are major codes, the planning needed, and the capabilities of community fire services.
Biogas is renewable natural gas produced from organic waste. This course explains how biogas is produced, the equipment needed, and how to estimate yield.
Penn State Extension and NEWBio Consortium keep you up to date on bioenergy and bioproducts opportunities.
The recent resurgence of digesters in early 2000 have been installed mainly for electrical power production but also brings the added benefits of manure odor reduction and pathogen destruction.
Canola and other vegetable oils are familiar labels in the grocery store, but where the oilseeds are grown and how the oil is produced is not your typical Starbucks conversation.
Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.
This article describes an operation where switchgrass is grown and pelletized, covering all aspects of the operation, from crop establishment to marketing the crop, and an analysis of costs.
Learn how unmarketable grain was tested as a potential fuel source for drying ovens.
The ideal materials for these systems are those that can be handled with a front end loader and stored in piles, wet bales or bunker type storages.