Renewable Energy Resources

Information on renewable and alternative energy resources, including wind, wood, solar, waste plastic, high efficiency homes, perennial plantings and converting organic waste to energy. Tips on alternative energy credits and woody biomass energy.

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Note the difference: Left side - hi graded lot, Right side - sustainably harvested lot
Underutilized Wood: Harvest and Processing Opportunities - News News
Low Use Wood Harvest and Processing Options Discussed at Recent Symposium More
These wood chips, left over from maintenance operations, could be a feedstock for biochar production.
PA State Wood Energy Team Highlights/Next Steps - News News
Penn State Extension Shifting Program to Biochar for Energy and Coproducts More
Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course
Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course - Conferences Conferences
Interested in biomass conversion to biochar and torrefied biomass? At this conference, learn more about the principles and opportunities in this emerging area! More
Coffee Pellets (Photo Courtesy of SRG Inc.)
Warming Up Your Cup - News News

Warming Up Your Cup

03/20/2018

That mug of coffee might just keep you warm next winter. More
Fall Harvest of Switchgrass in Northwest PA
Biomass Crop Producers Eye Favorable Marketplace - News News
Growers' Association Active as Opportunities for Warm Season Grasses Show Signs of Growth More
Proposed Solar Farm at Hunker Wastewater Treatment facility
Regional Water Authority Begins Move to Renewable Energy - News News
Penn State Extension's REMAP Program Brings Renewable Energy Cost Savings to Western PA More
Opportunities for Underutilized Wood: Energy and Wood Products
Opportunities for Underutilized Wood: Energy and Wood Products - Workshops Workshops
Join us to learn how underutilized wood (low use wood) can be used for improving forest management and an opportunity for businesses. More
https://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/
Grants Awarded for Seaweed Production for Energy Use - News News
The US Department of Energy awarded $22 million in grants to help make the US a top producer of macroalgae, which can be used as a transportation fuel feedstock. 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
Builder's Perspectives on High Efficiency Homes
Builder's Perspectives on High Efficiency Homes - News News
Part 3 in the series of articles on high efficiency houses More
Professor Marvin Hall Discusses Ecosystem Benefits of Switchgrass at the Recent Short Course
Perennial Crops, Working for Us - News News

Perennial Crops, Working for Us

05/25/2017

Short Course Discusses Ecosystem Services Provided by Perennial Plantings More
Average US Cost to Produce Solar PV Power, based on NREL Data
Solar Parity Drawing Near - Articles Articles

Solar Parity Drawing Near

Edward Johnstonbaugh

Many Regions in the US are reaching a tipping point in terms of the economics of solar photovoltaics More
Testing ammonia levels in biomass bedding for poultry
Poultry Workshop Highlights Bedding Market Potential - News News
Penn State Extension Working to Develop New Opportunities for Biomass Markets in Pennsylvania and Beyond 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
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
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Evaluation of Energy Beets as an Ethanol Feedstock in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Summary of findings from 2010 study of energy beets as an ethanol feedstock in Pennsylvania, by Roth, Stoltzfus, Collins, and Graybill. More
Alternative Energy Credits and the Renewable Energy Marketplace in Pennsylvania
Alternative Energy Credits and the Renewable Energy Marketplace in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
The purpose and background of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (Act 213), including the central provision: the Alternative Energy Credit More
Regulatory Obstacles Impede Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards
Regulatory Obstacles Impede Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards - Articles Articles
Regulatory obstacles impede market development needed for full implementation of alternative energy portfolio standards legislation. 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
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
Solar PV Electric Systems: Is There a Good Fit for Me?
Solar PV Electric Systems: Is There a Good Fit for Me? - Articles Articles
What are photo voltaic (PV) electric solar systems, the differences between roof-mounted and ground-mounted arrays, and how to determine which size is best for you. 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
The Origins and Meaning of Net Metering
The Origins and Meaning of Net Metering - Articles Articles
The legal mandate that led to widespread deployment of net metering in Pennsylvania, has had as profound an effect on renewable electricity today. More
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