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Biomass Burner Initiative

Posted on March 26, 2013, in Tools

The increased cost of petroleum-based energy is leading many Minnesotans to seek alternative fuel sources that will serve their heat and energy needs economically, while reducing negative impacts on the environment. One increasingly important alternative fuel is biomass. Corn, wood, straw, grasses, and other forms of biomass are all being burned as viable sources of […]

Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment

Posted on April 25, 2012, in Research, Tools

The objective of this study was to determine potential biomass resources within the Midwest for thermal heating applications in order to provide a “snapshot” of the Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment for presentation at the 2012 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo and for furthering the vision of the Heating the Midwest Initiative.  This was done, […]

Minnesota Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Tools

In 2011, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) solicited proposals to develop a Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide “for the replacement of high-cost heating fuels, such as propane and fuel oil, with biomass combustion heating systems.” The contract, awarded to DLF Consulting, resulted in this report, which will assist turkey producers and greenhouse operators in rural […]

AURI Fuels Initiative

Posted on May 1, 2009, in Research, Tools

The AURI Fuels Initiative II Brochure is provided to use as a general comparative guide for agricultural renewable fuels. The evaluated agricultural renewable fuel groups include grains, crop residues, grasses, and agricultural processing coproducts. View AURI Fuels Initiative II Brochure

Template for Estimating County Level Energy Use and Renewable Energy Potential

Posted on April 13, 2009, in Tools

Welcome to the AURI renewable energy template. This document contains instructions and data for estimating the renewable energy potential and energy demand for a county or region. The primary intent of the template is to provide a “how to” manual for inventorying biomass resources and determining local and/or regional markets for renewable energy. This tool […]

AURI Biomass Pellet Plant Feasibility Guide

Posted on November 1, 2007, in Tools

Trying to enter the market with ag-based biomass pellets isn’t for the uninformed. An AURI-sponsored evaluation examined the challenges and competitive disadvantages that entrepreneurs and new businesses marketing ag-based biomass pellets could face. AURI has seen a great deal of interest from people who want to produce biomass pellets for home-heating or industrial applications. However, […]

Growing Hybrid Poplars as a Crop

Posted on January 1, 1997, in Tools