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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
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
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
Roof vents should close snugly with no cracks or openings.
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
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
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
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
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
Make Your Transportation Habits More Renewable
Make Your Transportation Habits More Renewable - Articles Articles
Tips for Pennsylvanians wanting to go renewable. More
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting - Articles Articles

Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., John Tyson

We'll discuss some of the more common problems you can avoid without too much trouble. More
High Efficiency Lighting for the Farm - Part 2
High Efficiency Lighting for the Farm - Part 2 - Articles Articles
Upgrade options and common pitfalls for farm lighting. 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
Waste Plastics as Fuel
Waste Plastics as Fuel - Articles Articles

Waste Plastics as Fuel

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Now is a good time to recover heat energy from dirty and nonrecycled plastics. More
Baled switchgrass stored in a field
Alternate Markets for Dedicated Grass Energy Crops - Articles Articles
Growing renewable biomass feedstocks like perennial grasses that can be converted into energy (electricity, liquid transportation fuels, or heat). More
Figure 1. Atomic composition by mass of gasoline (left) and ethanol (right).
Fuel Ethanol: Hero or Villain? - Articles Articles

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
Western Pennsylvania greenhouse operators gathered at Gumto Greenhouses on February 25th to tour the operation and to learn about energy efficiency.
Ten Easy Steps to Improve Greenhouse Efficiency - Articles Articles

Ten Easy Steps to Improve Greenhouse Efficiency

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., Lee Stivers

Winter low temperatures and high energy prices have greenhouse operators across the state looking for ways to manage heating and power costs. 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
An electronic meter like this one can provide net metering for your electricity use.
Renewable and Alternative Energy: Origins and Meaning of Net Metering - Articles Articles
This article describes net metering and details how it affects your electric bill. More
Wind Energy
Wind Energy - Articles Articles

Wind Energy

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Wind energy in Pennsylvania has grown greatly in popularity in recent years. 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
Sustainability in America - Waste To Energy
Sustainability in America - Waste To Energy - Articles Articles
There are many untapped potential waste streams in our state that are valuable resources for energy. More
Energy Savings for Farmers and Landowners
Energy Savings for Farmers and Landowners - Articles Articles
The Farm Energy Efficiency program is a statewide initiative of the Penn State Extension and part of Extension’s Renewable and Alternative Energy program portfolio. More
Figure 1. A common generator setup for Pennsylvania Farms.
Biogas Digesters - Engine Lubricating Oil - Articles Articles
Proper care and maintenance of the generator engine will ensure many years of trouble free use. 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
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