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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: Bioenergy

Bioenergy or Biopower


Building Farm And Food Scrap Digesters (Part I)

BioCycle, June 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/06/16/building-farm-and-food-scrap-digesters/

"A steady stream of anaerobic digestion facilities are coming on line, most equipped to process food waste. This first of a two-part series profiles several farm digesters. Part I"

Biofuel Technology Goes Mobile [Pyrolysis]

WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), Press Release, Jun. 2014.
http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/2014/06/11/biofuel-technology-goes-mobile/

"Scientists like Manuel Garcia-Perez and his graduate students, who study biosystems engineering at Washington State University, are helping to nurture the emerging biofuels industry by developing pyrolysis technologies. Garcia-Perez and Geraldo Ferreira-David of Brazil calculate material entering and exiting the pyrolysis system."

When Woody Biomass Brings Music to Your Ears!

TimberWest, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Barbara Coyner.
http://www.forestnet.com/TWissues/2014_march_april/biomass.php

"...did you know that a [Alaska] school district that utilizes woody biomass has saved enough money on heating and energy costs to hire a full-time music teacher AND build and heat a commercial greenhouse?"

2013 Peer Review Report [DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office]

U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office, Feb. 2014.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/bioenergy/pdfs/2013_peer_review.pdf


Reports on the results of a comprehensive external review of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office's research, development, demonstration, and deployment portfolio. The review was "designed to provide an external assessment of the projects in BETO's portfolio and collect external stakeholder recommendations on the overall scope, focus, and strategic direction of the Office. Results from the peer review process are used to inform programmatic decision making; to enhance active project management; and to modify, expand, or discontinue existing projects."

The key technology areas reviewed were: 1) Algae; 2) Analysis and Sustainability; 3) Biochemical Conversion; 4) Biodiesel; 5) Bio-Oil; 6) Feedstock Production and Logistics; 7) Gasification; 8) Heat and Power; and 9) Integrated Biorefineries.

Arid Anaerobics: Colorado Cattle Managers Spurred to Consider Anaerobic Digestion

Manure Manager, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Tony Kryzanowski.
http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=1559&l=1&p=3&pre&ver=flex (article begins on page 10)

"Anaerobic digestion of cattle manure has not taken off in the arid western United States like it has in other parts of the country. The main reason it hasn’t taken hold in this part of the United States is water scarcity. Water is a critical factor in anaerobic digestion.
Researchers at Colorado State University believe this method of manure disposal might still work under the right circumstances. For that reason, they have created an online decision tool for use by both cattle feedlot and dairy farmers to help them determine if anaerobic digestion of their manure could be a viable optio
n."

Researchers: There is more to biofuel production than yield

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 16, 2014.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/9901/researchers-there-is-more-to-biofuel-production-than-yield

"When it comes to biofuels, corn leads the all-important category of biomass yield. However, focusing solely on yield comes at a high price. In the current issue of the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, Michigan State University researchers show that looking at the big picture allows other biofuel crops, such as native perennial grasses, to score higher as viable alternatives."

The full paper is available at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/01/08/1309492111.abstract.

EPA Releases Proposed Update to Residential Wood Heater Standards

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 3, 2014, by Anna Simet.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/9872/epa-releases-proposed-update-to-residential-wood-heater-standards

"The U.S. EPA has released its New Source Performance Standards proposal for new woodstoves and heaters, which go into effect in 2015." Article includes a link to the full EPA report.

10-year Trials Show 10-ton Yields for Miscanthus in Illinois

Biomass Magazine, Dec. 26, 2013, by Sue Retka Schill.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/9851/10-year-trials-show-10-ton-yields-for-miscanthus-in-Illinois

"Illinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus, the first plots to be planted in the U.S. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre, compared with 4.5 tons per acres for switchgrass grown in the side-by-side trials."

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