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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
What is Renewable Energy?
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What is Renewable Energy?

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources—such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat. More
Recycling conserves resources and reduces waste.
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Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D.

This article is part of an educational series for third and fourth graders. Renewable and nonrenewable resources, fossil fuel, and recycling are discussed. More
Figure 1: Components of canola oil
Processing Edible Oils - Articles Articles
With an interest in locally and regionally produced foods, sunflower, canola, flax, and other oils are another food type that can be regionally grown and processed. More
Wind Energy in Pennsylvania
Wind Energy in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Wind Energy in Pennsylvania

Edward Johnstonbaugh

Contemporary wind energy involves the conversion of kinetic energy in the wind into electricity via wind turbines. 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
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
Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine
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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
Using Your Wood Stove Efficiently and Effectively
Using Your Wood Stove Efficiently and Effectively - Articles Articles
Wood Stove Efficiency: Using a high-efficiency stove, using dry wood, keeping the fire hot, and not starving the fire. More
Figure 1. Atomic composition by mass of gasoline (left) and ethanol (right).
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Fuel Ethanol: Hero or Villain?

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

This article provides the advantages and disadvantages of using fuel ethanol to help give engine owners a balanced view and make the most of their fuel. More
Manufacturing Fuel Pellets from Biomass
Manufacturing Fuel Pellets from Biomass - Articles Articles
Different types of fuel pellets that can be made from biomass and discusses the process and equipment needed to take on such a venture. More
Know the Sulfur Content of Your Diesel Fuel Know the Sulfur Content of Your Diesel Fuel - Articles
The sulfur content has been greatly reduced in recent months, and it is critical that you know the sulfur content of the fuel you are using in your diesel engines on the farm. More
Conversion Factors for English and SI (Metric) Units
Conversion Factors for English and SI (Metric) Units - Articles Articles
This article is intended to serve as a reference for converting many different types of measurements quickly and accurately from one system of units to another. More
Characteristics of Biomass as a Heating Fuel
Characteristics of Biomass as a Heating Fuel - Articles Articles
Biomass is a promising option for providing locally produced, renewable energy in Pennsylvania. More
Burning Shelled Corn
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Burning Shelled Corn

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Burning shelled corn as a fuel can be a feasible way of dealing with the high prices of conventional fuels. More
Biogas from Manure
Biogas from Manure - Articles Articles
An anaerobic digester will partially convert manure to energy in the form of biogas which contains methane. 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
Anaerobic Digestion: Biogas Production and Odor Reduction Anaerobic Digestion: Biogas Production and Odor Reduction - Articles
Controlled anaerobic, or oxygen-free, digestion of animal manure is a way to treat manure to prevent foul odor production while generating a usable energy product. More
Sweet Sorghum Production Basics
Sweet Sorghum Production Basics - Articles Articles
Potential for Sweet sorghum as a biofuel. More
Waste Plastics as Fuel
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Waste Plastics as Fuel

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Now is a good time to recover heat energy from dirty and nonrecycled plastics. More