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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
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
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
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
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
Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency
Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles

Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Penn State’s Farm Energy Efficiency program is a statewide initiative of Penn State Extension and part of Extension’s Renewable and Alternative Energy program. 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
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Things a Greenhouse Grower Can Do To Improve Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles
Operating a commercial greenhouse is one of the most rewarding ways to make a living, but it is not an automatic or easy task. More
How a Dairy Farmer Can Improve Energy Efficiency
How a Dairy Farmer Can Improve Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles
Are you looking for ways to cut your energy bill and stay competitive? If you're a dairy farmer, efficient energy use is critical to keeping your farm competitive in today's environment. 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
Real-time Pricing for Electricity
Real-time Pricing for Electricity - Articles Articles
Real-time pricing for electricity- why it matters, how and when prices vary, purchasing when prices are low, and knowing prices and controlling load. 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
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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