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Buhler Aeroglide acquires drying technology license

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Representatives from several biomass organizations including, left to right, Niebling, Rosenthal, Neal, McAdams, Cooper and Cleaves, took the stage at the International Biomass Conference & Expo to outline their legislative agendas. PHOTO: ELIZABETH

Biomass Bonanza

By Anna Austin and Lisa Gibson

Attendance at the 2010 International Biomass Conference & Expo mirrored growth in the industry and the excitement generated by the resurgence in renewable energy.

Chipping operations provide fuel for district heating systems in Ilomantsi, Finland. PHOTO: FINNISH FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Heat is On

By Lisa Gibson

While the majority of cities and villages in Finland already employ wood-fueled district heating systems, countries such as the U.S. and Canada are just beginning to tap their forestry resources for such widespread networks.

A growing number of U.S. wood pellet, chip and briquette producers are shipping their products to Europe, where demand is high, supply is limited and incentives are good. Some worry, however, that numerous obstacles will slow the developing export market.

Some renewable energy investment opportunities seem too good to be true-and occasionally they are. How can a potential investor tell a wise investment from a shell game?

A number of biodiesel plants have incorporated ultrasonic reactors in their production lines. Biodiesel Magazine talks with some of them to explore why they chose ultrasonics, and what the technology has done for their process.

Toledo Transit Authority Studies B20 Fuel Economy

By By David M. Nelson, Mark Vonderembse, S. Subba Rao and Mike Blackston

After conducting a three-year fuel comparison study, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority compared two mechanically-identical Blue Bird buses operating on different fuels by alternating operation on the same duty cycle in transporting passengers. Overall, significant differences were found in their fuel economy.

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Developing a biomass strategy that's right for your business is necessary to ensure its success because feedstock controls your fuel costs and the ultimate performance and efficiencies of your energy operations.

Wood Pellets: An Expanding Market Opportunity

By Adrian Pirraglia, Ronalds Gonzalez, Daniel Saloni

The conditions are ripe for a massive increase in the production of wood pellets in the U.S. due to demand from European countries, favorable manufacturing conditions and the availability of raw materials, especially in the South.

Environmental concerns have prompted government agencies to create rigorous standards for emissions control, and the biomass industry is no exception. Each process requires a different approach, depending on the feedstock, technology, regulations and life-cycle costs.

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