ND to establish biomass testing lab

| May 31, 2010
The North Dakota Renewable Energy Council and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Mandan, N.D., have granted $450,000 to North Dakota State University to establish a dedicated biomass testing laboratory, the first of its kind in the state.

The lab will be designed specifically to test the dimensional, thermal and physical properties of biomass and will be centrally located at the USDA-ARS site in Mandan, according to NDSU Biofuels Economist Cole Gustafson. One particular goal of the project is to develop a database of biomass characteristics obtained from samples coming to the lab from across the state.

Development of the facility is expected to take two years before it becomes fully operational.