February 2015

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Low Oil Price Won't Put Brakes on Biomass Future

By Matt Carr

Advanced Biofuels

Taking Root

By Tim Portz


Long before farmers are ready to buy the implements required to grow and harvest energy crops, leading OEMs leverage robust research and development organizations to get them engineered.

The University of Iowa is searching for the right biomass feedstock to cofire with coal at its power plant, and miscanthus is one option a few early adopters are testing.


Harvesting cattails and other wetland plants may control their presence in the landscape and serve as a biomass source too.


CODIGESTION POTENTIAL: The University of Guelph Ridgetown campus in Ontario has a 250-kW digester housed at the CARES, or Center for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability, research facility.

Grass to Gas

By Katie Fletcher

Grassland and perennial biomass streams are being tapped for conversion as supplemental feedstock in anaerobic digesters. These streams are considered in the biogas market for their environmental benefits, high-yielding rates and reliability.

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