January 2009

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Schmack Biogas to build second of 20 proposed biogas plants




Emissions Eliminator

By Anna Austin

Companies that embrace biomass-to-energy applications face stiff emissions and pollution control requirements. Biomass Magazine examines Eisenmann Corp.'s dual flow wet electrostatic precipitation technology and boiler emissions compliance system, which will be installed in a major bourbon distillery in Kentucky.

The Vermeer Corp. CCX770 Cob Harvester emptying cobs./PHOTO: RYAN C. CHRISTIANSEN, BBI INTERNATIONAL.

Craving Corn and the Cob

By Ryan C. Christiansen

The ethanol industry's declaration of energy independence for the United States is leading producers to generate more energy from an acre of corn.

Toronto is implementing residential source-separated organics to divert tons of organic matter-about 30 percent of all household trash-from landfills. Currently some of the material is being composted and turned into green fertilizer. Once its plans to construct two large anaerobic digestion facilities are fulfilled, the city will be making green energy to help offset the cost of implementing its green bin program.

This 10 megawatt biomass power plant in Germany was built by Siemens AG, and is powered by timber and wood waste.

Size Matters

By Anna Austin

The logistics involved in developing a biomass-based power project can be daunting. Sourcing, transporting and storing biomass are all issues that need to be addressed, but the size of the facility needs to be determined before that can happen. Biomass Magazine talks to industry experts who have different ideas about the perfect size for biomass-fired power plants.

A lack of water and arable land limits China's ability to use food crops to produce ethanol, so the country is focusing its efforts on nonfood crops such as this cassava root.

A World of Potential

By Travis Hochard

Experts at the 4th World Biofuels Symposium offered their impressions of the global potential for ethanol, biodiesel and beyond.

New York City, a cultural hub, is on the verge of a citywide bioheat mandate. Biodiesel Magazine talks with those working toward that end.

Competition Heats Up

By Erin Voegele

Last year's high crude oil prices prompted many home heating oil consumers to brace for a dramatic price increase, but in November, prices were actually lower than they were the previous year, which could make biodiesel-blended fuel a less attractive option. On the bright side, low-priced heating oil may prevent customers from switching to natural gas, and Bioheat is easier on the environment than fossil fuels.

Hawaiian Electric's Campbell Industrial Park Generating Facility under construction on the Big Island will be fueled 100 percent by biodiesel.

Aloha Biodiesel

By Frank Zaworski

Hawaiians are on a mission to expand the use of local renewable and alternative energy sources to supply the islands' power needs. The use of locally produced biodiesel is critical to the state's success.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airlines, holds a bottle containing jet fuel made from vegetable oils. Virgin Atlantic made the first demonstration flight using biobased jet fuel in February and is one of many aviation companies promoting

Aviation Alternatives

By Jerry W. Kram

Where there is crisis, there is often opportunity. Sky-high fuel costs have helped push many airlines to the brink of financial collapse. Now, however, they're banding together to look for alternative fuels, with an emphasis on algae. This could be the market that drives the commercialization of this long-awaited feedstock.

Fox says his company's biodiesel production and export business should see positive results from the recent tax incentive extensions and other modifications. However, he's pushing for Congress to pass longer-term incentives and more mandates.

Breathing Room

By Kris Bevill

In what could be considered a gloomy year for biofuels, Congress passed much-needed tax incentive extensions for the biodiesel industry as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.


Commercially producing bio-oil from biomass is at the core of Ensyn's expertise. The company proves that multiple sources can be used when converting biomass into bio-oil for the production of biomass-based chemicals, bioenergy and renewable transportation fuels.

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