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November 2010

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BETTER SHREDDER: The V-EBS shredder converts biomass into a homogenous fuel.

Business Briefs

By Biomass Power & Thermal Staff

Featured

Gearing Up

By Lisa Gibson

Equipment manufacturers are designing harvesting and handling machinery tailored to biomass material, but marketing those systems outside of Europe is proving difficult without robust biomass markets.

The biomass briquette business is rebounding after enduring tough economic times that drove some interest away from the industry.

JAM PACKED: The tabletizer can squeeze four times as much material into a tablet as a baler can wrap hay into a bale.

Energy Tablets

By Lisa Gibson

Researchers in Missouri have developed a biomass compactor they say can produce tablets with higher material density, and therefore higher energy density, than other unified biomass products on the market.

IN THE FIELD: A Ceres switchgrass researcher collects field data in a breeding nursery.

Studying Switchgrass

By Anna Austin

Researchers in the Southern U.S. are drilling into the challenges of establishing dedicated energy crops such as switchgrass in anticipation of increased demand.

Biodiesel companies need credit fast. Small, short-term microloans may be a viable finance option to sustain operations.

An ASTM ballot to create a new grade of biodiesel is in the final stages, but not everyone is hopeful for the same result.

Producers continue to pursue or maintain BQ-9000 accreditation, indicating optimism in the future.

Contributions

MACT for Biomass Boilers—Déjà Vu?

By Chad Darby and Danielle Lenzini

A proposed new Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard that would impose stricter hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emission limits and other requirements on biomass boilers and process heaters could lead to greater expenditures, and the financial

New technology developed by Fecon engineers and North Carolina State University forest experts turns green waste into gold.

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