March 2009

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The Startech Plasma Converter System/PHOTO: STARTECH ENVIRONMENTAL CORP.

Startech gasifier to be used in Poland



The Amager Power Station in Copenhagen, Denmark, is being renovated to cofire straw pellets with coal. The plant, which supplies both heat and electricity, burns 70,000 metric tons of pellets with 700,000 metric tons of coal annually. The company exp

The Art of Biomass Pelletizing

By Ryan C. Christiansen

Pelletizing biomass can be challenging. The lack of a one-size-fits-all process means that it can be more art than science.

Making the Switch

By Anna Austin

Last year, a significant amount of coal-fired power plant proposals were shot down by regulators, and an increasing number of utilities are developing plans to convert to biomass. Is this a trend and, if so, will it continue?

To encourage the reuse of contaminated lands for renewable energy production facilities, the U.S. EPA has developed an interactive Google Earth map that tracks these sites and provides information on the potential of each property for biomass energy, solar or wind development.

For many biodiesel producers, volatile commodity markets and paper-thin margins mean feedstock flexibility is absolutely critical for survival. Biodiesel Magazine interviews several different "multifeedstock" technology providers about their approach to processing with flexibility, and fuel quality, in mind.

Researchers worldwide are stepping up efforts to develop new uses for crude glycerin. Once commercialized, these technologies have the potential to improve the economics of biodiesel production.

Diesel-powered vehicles could emit the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee, thanks to the research being conducted at the University of Nevada-Reno.


A large wood pellet plant looked to experience in the panelboard industry for a proven approach to controlling its emissions. A reliable technology provided the answer for its low emissions goal.

The potential to use biomass as a low-cost fuel that reduces carbon footprint is growing. The equipment options for firing biomass to replace fossil fuel in plant operations are equally vast.

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