Northeast Ag Biomass Heating Seminar Set For April 3-5

The April 3 ag biomass heating seminar is the centerpiece of the second annual Northeast Biomass Heating Expo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Published on: Mar 29, 2013

The 2nd annual Northeast Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar is set for April 3 at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It's part of the three-day Northeast Biomass Heating Expo running from April 3 to 5.

Project and business leaders from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ontario will be sharing experiences with ag biomass crops and combustion. Presentations will be offered on biomass fuels for heating, such as grass, willow and crop residues, how to establish energy crops on marginal lands, and the densification, combustion, emissions and economics of crop biomass at residential and commercial scales.
"This seminar focuses on an emerging sector of the biomass heating experience, and highlights grass energy as a local source of renewable fuel and a complement to heating with wood", says Alice Brumbach, administrator of the New York Biomass Energy Alliance. The Alliance is sponsoring the event with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Farm Credit East, Catskill Grass Energy Project and Ernst Conservation Seeds.

GRASS TO BURN: Grass pellets hold potential as a biomass heating fuel, produced on marginal farmland. Photo by Netaka White
GRASS TO BURN: Grass pellets hold potential as a biomass heating fuel, produced on marginal farmland. Photo by Netaka White
Take-home potentials

Attendees can network with regional experts in the industry, and come away with the knowledge of what it takes to grow crop biomass and a better understanding of the opportunities to use it for heating institutional buildings, commercial and ag spaces and homes.
The Northeast Biomass Heating Expo unites a diverse audience from the engineering, biomass fuel, supply chain, developer, manufacturer and government sectors. The goal is to break barriers and ground for biomass thermal and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

The seminar is open to the public. Online registration and the program agenda can be found online.