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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wood Energy
Wood Energy - Articles Articles

Wood Energy

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

To develop renewable energy resources in PA forests, it is essential to understand the how these trees can be harvested in a sustainable way with minimal impact on forest ecosystems. 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
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
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
Considerations for an Anaerobic Digester for your farm Considerations for an Anaerobic Digester for your farm - Articles
If you are considering an anaerobic digester for your farm, you should ask yourself these questions. More
Switch to Three-Phase Electricity, if Available
Switch to Three-Phase Electricity, if Available - Articles Articles
As farms become larger and more mechanized, the need for larger electric motors also increases. Three-phase electrical power needs to be considered on all farms. 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
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