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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
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
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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
Pelletizing Biomass
Pelletizing Biomass - Articles Articles
This ongoing project studies the properties and performance of biomass pelletizing systems, and their use for energy production. 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
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
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
Energy Selector Slide Rule Energy Selector Slide Rule - Articles
The Energy Selector slide rule is a convenient tool for making "apples-to-apples" comparisons of various heating fuels on the basis of cost per BTU. 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
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
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
Energy from Trees!
Energy from Trees! - Articles Articles

Energy from Trees!

Charles David Ray, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania’s forests are rich in potential bioenergy from small-diameter trees that are overcrowded and under-utilized. More
Power turbine on display in Vienna
Alternative Energy Credits for a Renewable Energy Market - Articles Articles
The passing of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards act in 2004 may spur a renewable energy and energy conservation industry in PA. More
Recycling conserves resources and reduces waste.
Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources - Articles Articles

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
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
Establishing willow biomass crops by planting one-year-old stems of selected willow cultivars.
Shrub Willow Budget for Biomass Production - Articles Articles
Shrub willow is a fast-growing woody plant with excellent potential as a feedstock for bioenergy production. More
NEWBio Feedstocks Comparison
NEWBio Feedstocks Comparison - Articles Articles

NEWBio Feedstocks Comparison

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

This article compares the feedstocks--switchgrass, giant miscanthus, and willow--used in the NEWBio program. More
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