Biofuels

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.

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Biofuels Lab Opens at Penn State Behrend - News News
HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has developed a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. More
NEWBio Initiative Wraps Up
NEWBio Initiative Wraps Up - News News

NEWBio Initiative Wraps Up

12/05/2017

5 years of work toward a sustainable, regional bioeconomy yield valuable results More
Choosing a Commercial Wood Boiler: Biomass Boiler Specifications Released Choosing a Commercial Wood Boiler: Biomass Boiler Specifications Released - News
New specifications help building owners and designers compare biomass energy equipment clearly and quickly More
Underutilized or “Low Use” Wood
Underutilized or “Low Use” Wood - News News
Opportunities for renewable energy from Pennsylvania's forests More
Penn State Researchers Harvesting Industrial Hemp
Hemp and Bioenergy - News News

Hemp and Bioenergy

12/05/2017

Industrial Hemp shows potential as a biomass crop in Pennsylvania More
Biochar: When Less is More Biochar: When Less is More - News

Biochar: When Less is More

12/05/2017

Thermal treatment of biomass may hold the key to developing new bioenergy markets More
MABEX 2017, Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo
MABEX 2017, Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo - News News
Penn State Extension participates in regional bioenergy meetings More
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Assessing Biomass Processing Fire Hazards and Community Response Capabilities - Articles Articles
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. More
Applied Biogas Technology: Converting Organic Waste to Energy
Applied Biogas Technology: Converting Organic Waste to Energy - Online Courses Online Courses
$69.00
Biogas is renewable natural gas produced from organic waste. This course explains how biogas is produced, the equipment needed, and how to estimate yield. More
This Advanced Torrefaction Systems pilot plant in Port Allegany is designed to manufacture high value biomass fuel
Wood Energy Team Looks at Big Picture - News News
Torrefaction and biochar potential pathways to wood energy development. More
NEWBio Webinar Series Renews Focus on New Developments
NEWBio Webinar Series Renews Focus on New Developments - News News
Penn State Extension and NEWBio Consortium keep you up to date on bioenergy and bioproducts opportunities. More
Agricultural Anaerobic Digesters: Design and Operation Agricultural Anaerobic Digesters: Design and Operation - Articles
Renewed attention is now being directed to biogas generation as a source of fuel in the U.S.A. More
On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Production in Pennsylvania - 30 Years On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Production in Pennsylvania - 30 Years - Articles
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. More
Using Waste Grain as a Fuel for a Forage Sample Drying System
Using Waste Grain as a Fuel for a Forage Sample Drying System - Articles Articles
Learn how unmarketable grain was tested as a potential fuel source for drying ovens. More
Biofuels Seed Box
Biofuels Seed Box - Articles Articles
This is a short, descriptive article describing some of the crops that have been tested at Penn State. More
Development of an Oilseed Food and Fuel Enterprise at Penn State
Development of an Oilseed Food and Fuel Enterprise at Penn State - Articles Articles
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. More
Waste Biogas Production From Stackable Long Stem Materials
Waste Biogas Production From Stackable Long Stem Materials - Articles Articles
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. More
Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices
Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Craig Altemose, Dennis Elvin Buffington, Ph.D., Glen Cauffman

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$8.00
Examine the processing and safety issues associated with making biodiesel fuel for small-scale noncommercial use and production. More
Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine
Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine - Articles Articles

Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Pros and cons of using biodiesel fuel in your diesel engines, covering engine performance, fuel quality, and potential problems. More
What’s So Different about Biodiesel Fuel?
What’s So Different about Biodiesel Fuel? - Articles Articles
This article compares biodiesel with traditional petroleum diesel fuel, discussing properties, quality, blends ,and enhancement additives. More
Biodiesel: A Renewable, Domestic Energy Resource
Biodiesel: A Renewable, Domestic Energy Resource - Articles Articles
"Homegrown" energy source: Biofuels are derived from biological materials such as food crops, crop residues, forest residues, animal wastes, and landfills. More
Making Your Own Biodiesel: Brief Procedures and Safety Precautions
Making Your Own Biodiesel: Brief Procedures and Safety Precautions - Articles Articles
Biodiesel is a renewable biomass alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel. This article provides considerations for making biodiesel and other information about small-scale biodiesel production. More
Wood Heat for Your Home: Does It Pay Off?
Wood Heat for Your Home: Does It Pay Off? - Articles Articles
Many people in PA are considering switching to wood heat--either cordwood for a high-efficiency wood stove, or wood pellets for a pellet stove--to save money. More
Is Biomass Heat Right for You?
Is Biomass Heat Right for You? - Articles Articles

Is Biomass Heat Right for You?

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Information to help homeowners, schools and institutions, and industries determine whether biomass heat would be effective and cost-efficient for them. More
Renew Your Home’s Heat
Renew Your Home’s Heat - Articles Articles
Ways Pennsylvania homeowners can choose to heat with renewable fuels. More
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