Biomass Energy Case Studies


The Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) recently used grant funding from CERTs to conduct a community survey in Beltrami County, Minnesota in order to identify and understand the community’s renewable energy and energy efficiency financing needs. HRDC partnered with the Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University for the project and...
West Central Minnesota has been the hub of much excitement with the beginning of the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) program, which engages teams of youth in action projects to literally put energy into our future. In Willmar, the high school YES! team took a particularly bold approach—fixing up an old greenhouse, heating it with renewable energy, and...
With a vast agricultural industry and resources spread over fields and acres, how do you measure the true renewable energy resources of Minnesota? The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and partners in Southern MN have been working on populating a template to capture the renewable energy potential of their communities.
Koda Energy is a partnership between Rahr Malting Company- a family owned business based in Shakopee and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community. These two organizations have joined together to create a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass facility that will serve them both.
Norm Krause, director of the Central Lakes Agricultural Center, gave the CERT team a presentation about the corn burner at the Central Lakes Ag Center in Staples on October 15th, 2006. U of M professors Steve Taff and Carl Rosen plan on studying the project.
As the demand for workers skilled in clean energy technologies increase, community and technical colleges around the state are stepping up to fill the demand with new 1-2 year degree programs in clean energy.
Linda Meschke’s interest and work with water quality issues in Southern Minnesota has lead to an entirely new bio-based development plan for the city of Madelia, Minnesota, and ideas and plans from this project are spreading to other communities.
The goal of the assessment was to determine what fuel sources the plant has available to it, characterize the fuel sources, and then look at long-term viability of the fuel source to power the plant for the remainder of its lifespan. The assessment covered a wide range of potential biomass fuels, including urban waste wood, oat hulls, corn stover,...
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