Inside August 2008


Flexible Biomass Conveyance

BY Ron KotrbaThe biomass gasifier at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. is fuel-flexible by design. Thisrequires a handling system engineered to move feedstocks of varying volumes and densities. Biomass Magazine speaks with Rapat Corp., the engineer of the bulk conveyance system, and equipment vendor Robert White Industries Inc., about the project. READ MORE

Building Better Biofuels

BY Diane GreerIf you were going to create the perfect biofuel, what would you make? When the founders of San Carlos, Calif.-based LS9 asked the question, their answer was quite simple, says Gregory Pal, senior director for corporate development. "You would make petroleum." READ MORE

Sprucing Up Wood Waste

BY Anna Austin / Photos by Elizabeth SlavensWood chips are commonly used as a feedstock in the biomass industry-but what processes must waste wood undergo before it is suitable for use? How is contaminated wood treated to meet standards and obey regulations? Biomass Magazine investigates the old and new processes some companies are using to clean and recycle waste wood. READ MORE

Breaking Through to the Other Side of Biofuels

BY Bryan Sims / Story & PhotosWith unwavering mettle, John Rivera of Sustainable Power Corp. intends to introduce a biocrude oil product, called Vertroleum, into the global fuel supply chain. Despite its detractors, the company continues to refine what it refers to as the "Rivera Process" at its Texas demonstration facility. Biomass Magazine traveled there to see how the production process works. READ MORE

From Problem to Profit

BY Jerry W. Kram

Cleansing and Reforming Syngas

BY Ron KotrbaFour research alliances received grants from the U.S. DOE to optimize thermochemical biofuels production. Biomass Magazine offers an overview of those projects. READ MORE

A Sweet Energy Source

BY Kris Bevill / Story and PhotosA few years ago, American Crystal Sugar Co. began supplying the University of Florida with sugar beet waste for a research project that, if realized, could change the way the company does business by turning some of its waste into energy. While the project is still in the pilot-plant phase, all signs point toward a successful turnaround from waste product to green energy. READ MORE


Industry News