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Updated: August 8, 2017
Penn State Extension's Wood Energy specialists and educators are actively developing programs to help develop sustainable solutions for the utilization of the woody biomass resources in our state. Partnerships have been developed with:
Woody biomass resources can be utilized in a number of ways; pelletizing, combined heat and power or wood based ethanol are some of the current alternatives.
Understanding the potential of each of these strategies on the economic returns, the logistics, the feedstock requirements and the potential sustainability of these potential systems are the objectives of the Woody Biomass Utilization Education Program.
Pennsylvania's forests and land resource base has considerable potential for the production of woody biomass for energy.
But many factors will affect how much and how effectively this resource can be utilized. Things to consider include:
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