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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Biomass

Biomass


Wood Pellets a Hot Commodity Across U.S.

Biomass Magazine, Feb. 7, 2014, by Anna Simet.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/9998/wood-pellets-a-hot-commodity-across-u-s

"Those enjoying cord wood or pellet heat have a leg up on the frigid season. Data from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning indicates that wood pellets are running $25.50 cheaper per MMBtu than propane and $13.71 cheaper per MMBtu than heating oil, and in some parts of the country such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, propane prices have doubled in the last several months, reaching close to $5 per gallon in some areas."

Iowa State Engineers Upgrade Fast Pyrolysis Pilot Plant

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 2014.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/9978/iowa-state-engineers-upgrade-fast-pyrolysis-pilot-plant

Fast pyrolysis is a pathway to advanced renewable fuels from cellulosic biomass like corn stover, which Iowa has a lot of, and switchgrass, which is well suited to Iowa’s climate and soils,” [Robert C. Brown] said. “What we learn in the lab can help companies commercially develop these Iowa resources.”
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