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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The list of uses for renewable, sustainable biochar continues to grow.
Biochar - What Flavor Would You Like? - News News
Biochar Properties One Topic for Upcoming Short Course More
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

Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course

10/24/2018

University Park, PA

$135.00
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
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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
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
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
Bioenergy Crops Site Tour July 2013
Bioenergy Crops Demonstration Site - Articles Articles

Bioenergy Crops Demonstration Site

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Penn State's Division of Farm Services, in conjunction with Extension and the Biomass Energy Center, carries out annual crop tests of promising varieties of different bioenergy crops. More
USDA ARS Photo Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
NEWBio Switchgrass Budget for Biomass Production - Articles Articles
This article provides an enterprise budget for growing switchgrass as a dedicated energy crop to help growers to understand the inputs, costs, and potential revenues. More
Wood Crest Farm in Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania
On-Farm Production of Biomass Grass Pellets: A Case Study - Articles Articles
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. 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
Sudangrass from 2009 Demo Site (D Ciolkosz)
Field Crops for Energy - Articles Articles

Field Crops for Energy

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Demands for sustainable, renewable energy sources will likely require the development of new cropping systems. 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
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
A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for Forest Landowners
A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for Forest Landowners - Articles Articles

A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for Forest Landowners

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

This article gives an overview of the scope and issues involved when considering whether managing a forest for energy production is a good option. More
A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for the Forest Community
A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for the Forest Community - Articles Articles

A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for the Forest Community

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

This article discusses some of the issues of using woody biomass as an energy source with respect to those in the forestry business such as timber harvesters and forest managers. 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
What is Renewable Energy?
What is Renewable Energy? - Articles Articles

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
Regulatory Obstacles Impede Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Regulatory Obstacles Impede Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards - Articles
Regulatory obstacles impede market development needed for full implementation of alternative energy portfolio standards legislation. More
Penn State Biodiesel Plant Penn State Biodiesel Plant - Articles

Penn State Biodiesel Plant

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Penn State's role as a leader in renewable energy education and research includes an exciting and dynamic biodiesel program. More
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