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Biomass Working Group

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In December 2004 the DEP held a meeting of the Connecticut Bioenergy Working Group. The Group consists of a variety of agencies, businesses, and individuals in Connecticut that have direct involvement or interest in biomass. The Group was created to provide networking among biomass energy stakeholders, improve communication, and increase public knowledge of biomass and other renewable energy sources. Bioenergy includes a wide variety of renewable organic materials that can be used for fuel or other products. Everything from soy oil and waste grease, to wood, agricultural crops, landfill gas, and animal manures, can be considered biomass. Two to three meetings are held annually.

The meeting focused on two areas of biomass - wood and cow manure. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CEF) presented information on the gasifier project at Tallon Lumber in North Canaan, CT. Approximately 3,000 tons per year of wood chips from the on-site sawmill operation will be utilized in the gasifier and produce heat for the facility. The technology is capable of producing around 100kW. Testing began in January 2005. CEF has also completed a Biomass Assessment that examines the fuel supply for the Waterbury and Plainfield areas of Connecticut. For more information, visit http://www.ctcleanenergy.com.

Matt Freund from Freund Farm made a presentation on his efforts to manage manure on his dairy farm and minimize its impact to the environment. His presentation focused on the trials and tribulations of the manure digester that he operates. While this technology can be useful in managing manure and producing energy, there are still challenges to confront, especially for a farm of this scale (about 200 cows). Other innovative projects from Freund include the patented manure plant pots being made of cow manure (instead of peat or plastic) and paper, and a paper made of manure fibers. Marketing of these products will be the next step.

The meeting also included a brief update on the Northeast Regional Biomass Program activities, primarily biodiesel projects underway with Department of Energy (DOE) Supplement Environmental Project (SEP) funding and planned workshops within the next nine months on bio-based products and biofuels.

Connecticut has prepared a fact sheet on outdoor wood burning furnaces, as a means of getting information out on the health impacts caused by smoke from this unregulated technology. A copy is available at http://www.dep.state.ct.us/air2/consumer/owf.pdf.

More Info www.nrbp.org/
 
Project Contact
Name Kim Trella
Phone 860-424-3234
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Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Energy Production
Activity Keywords New publication, Research and development
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 15 No. 1, Winter 2005 [PDF]

 

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