Resources from NEWBio: The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium

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    The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of universities, businesses, and governmental organizations dedicated to building robust, scalable, and sustainable value chains for biomass energy in the Northeast. Driven by the broad societal benefits that sustainable bioenergy value chains could provide, NEWBio aims to overcome existing barriers and dramatically increase the sustainable, cost-effective supply of lignocellulosic biomass while reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing ecosystem services, and building vibrant communities.



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    Market Analysis for Biomass Growers

    Example Analyses of the Wood Chips and Paperboard Manufacturing Industries as Biomass Markets.


    Greene Team pellets. Photo: NEWBio

    The production of biofuels is a primary intended use for biomass. Because the cellulosic biofuels industry is still developing, there is not yet sufficient capacity in biofuel refineries to utilize biomass crops grown for cellulosic biofuels. However, the bioeconomy overall is growing, and many products other than biofuels can be manufactured from biomass. These byproducts may be alternate markets [i] for …

    NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States

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    The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass to create biofuels, biopower, and advanced bioproducts. The Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) believes that the path to this vision is through collaboration with commercial innovators along various points of the bioeconomy supply chain. NEWBio’s commercial collaborators, biomass-based …

    Ernst Conservation Seeds Transforms Leftover Biomass into Energy Product

    Switchgrass biomass left over after seed harvest had little value for Ernst Conservation Seeds until the company began using it to manufacture pellets.

    Switchgrass pellets. Photo credit: Calvin Ernst.

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    Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, Pennsylvania has been growing and marketing grass seed for more than fifty …

    Terra Green Energy: Pioneers in Torrefaction for Commercial Co-Combustion

    A torrefaction demonstration facility employs a patented process to convert biomass into a renewable, energy-dense carbon carrier that functions much like coal, and which can be burned in existing coal-fired power plants


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    Torrefaction reactor. Photo credit: Terra Green.

    An Innovator in Commercial Torrefaction

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    Research Summary: Biomass Crop Production Benefits from a Wide Spectrum of Marketing Opportunities

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    Switchgrass. Photo: Dennis Pennington, Bioenergy Educator, Michigan State University.

    A wide range of potential markets spans the bioenergy supply chain for biomass crops including switchgrass and miscanthus, and woody plants such as willow.




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    Biomass crops such as switchgrass, miscanthus, and shrub willow are not only intended for bioenergy production but for other non-energy market …

    Technological Processes: Thermochemical


    Woody biomass is converted into useful forms of energy (i.e. solid, liquid, or gaseous fuels) as well as useful products (e.g. polymers, bio-plastics, char, pellets, and acids) using a number of technological processes. Thermochemical processes depend on the relationship between heat and chemical action as a means of extracting and creating products and energy. This fact sheet briefly covers some of the more important thermochemical conversion and production processes used for obtaining bio-based energy and products from woody biomass.…

    Agricultural Energy Efficiency Professional Development Webinar Series

    These energy efficiency webinars cover six major agricultural enterprises in depth: Livestock and Poultry, Irrigation, Grain Drying, Greenhouses, Field Operations and Dairy Farms.

    This professional development series is supported by funding from North Central SARE.    The project is coordinated by Scott Sanford, Sr. Outreach Specialist at University of Wisconsin.   Information is presented by a team of extension specialists in the North Central region.

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    Biomass Feedstocks for Combustion

    Thought about growing a biomass crop for combustion fuel on your farm? This article offers three questions farmers can ask to evaluate growing energy producing  combustion crops. It examines wood, woody crops and grasses in more detail.

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    Switchgrass briquettes a combustion fuel. Photo: Daniel Ciolkosz, Extension Associate, Penn State.


    Shell Corn as a Fuel for Greenhouse Heat


    Corn has joined the list of popular alternatives to fossil fuels. Its high heat value, ease of handling, and ready availability in some sections of the United States have growers looking for information on cost, handling, and equipment suppliers. Although burning corn isn’t for everyone, a grower that is close to a good supply may find that it can reduce heating costs significantly.

    Penn State Cooperative Extension has a Corn Energy Equivalent Table and an Energy Selector tool that …