June 2009

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UMass Amherst receives DARPA award



A small Pennsylvania community has long built its economy around the forest. Looking ahead, it wants to be the first small town in the U.S. with a woody biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power district heating system.

Randy Hill believes he has the solution for transporting and drying large amounts of wet, woody biomass. The president of Advanced Trailer is working with the University of Idaho to evaluate the economic and environmental benefits of using his agricultural crop drying trailers to move biomass.

Since the late 1960s, scientists have studied duckweed for animal and human consumption because of its high protein content. Researchers are now tapping into the plant's innate environmental benefits, from desalinating wastewater to exploring its potential as a viable starch-based feedstock for ethanol production.

The 2009 International Biomass Conference & Expo drew a record crowd of more than 1,000 people to Portland, Ore., where they networked, shared and absorbed information, and determined how to successfully move forward in the growing biomass industry.

Since mid-May 2007, all Destiny USA construction equipment has been fueled with B100./PHOTO: DESTINY USA

Bleeding Green

By Anna Austin

Green building is a major, developing trend. Biodiesel Magazine investigates the current and potential role of biodiesel in this growing movement.

Purdue researcher Bernard Tao fields questions at the ISA booth during the National Biodiesel Conference./PHOTO: ISA

B100 to the Arctic Circle

By Susanne Retka Schill

A contingent of Hoosiers and their Alaskan friends drove on pure Permaflo biodiesel to the Arctic Circle to demonstrate its cold flow performance.

No fuel is expected to perform below its cloud point, but a plugged filter above the cloud point is never quite expected. Bob McCormick discusses results from a recent study that investigated this phenomenon.


Government grants and loan guarantees could be used to help fund biomass projects until the economy improves.

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