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DESCRIPTIONJanuary 2009 Biomass Magazine
INSIDE: SUSTAINABILITY A HOT TOPIC AT WORLD BIOFUELS SYMPOSIUM
Torontos Waste Reduction Regimen
Canadas Largest City is Redirecting Organic Waste, Saving on Landfill Space
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THE SKYS THE LIMIT.
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Transforming corn and other grains into biofuels is a major industry
today . But what about tomorrow? The future of biofuels will
also rely on the next generation of raw materials biomass. At
Novozymes were taking a fresh look at all types of biomass, and
considering how we can turn it into something useful. And you
know what? Corn cobs and wheat straw are just the beginning.
Who knows what other types of waste we can transform into fuel?
The future of fuel
Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation.
Together with customers across a broad array of
industries we create tomorrow s industrial bio-
solutions, improving our customers business and
the use of our planet s resources. Read more at
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22 INNOVATION Emissions Eliminator Eisenmann Corp. is preparing its wet electrostatic precipitator, WESP-F2, for its commercial debut. The emissions technology is designed for stringent multipollutant applications such as biomass boiler systems. By Anna Austin
28 TECHNOLOGY Craving Corn and the CobEthanol producers and equipment manufacturers are working together to produce more energy from an acre of corn. Biomass Magazine examines the different prototypes developed by equipment manufacturers to harvest corn and the cobs. By Ryan C. Christiansen
34 ANAEROBIC DIGESTION Go Green Pronto, Toronto Canadas largest city plans to divert millions of tons of organic matter from going into the landfi ll. The project will involve the use of anaerobic digestion and BTA technology.By Ron Kotrba
40 INDUSTRY Size Matters Should biomass power plants be large and centrally located, or small and spread out across a region? Two experts weigh in on this important issue. By Anna Austin
44 EVENT A World of Potential The 4th World Biofuels Symposium held recently in China revealed a growing global demand for biofuels. Sustainability will play an important role in that development. By Travis Hochard
50 PROCESS Producing the Next Generation of Green HydrocarbonsAs demand for petroleum fuels increases, companies like Ensyn Technologies Inc. and its biomass-to-liquid technology are making the promise of green energy a reality.By Heidi Vincent
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DEPARTMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
07 Advertiser Index
08 Editors NoteDisaster Debris Shouldnt Be a ProblemBy Rona Johnson
10 CITIES Corner
The Sweet Smell of Anaerobic Digestion By Tim Portz
11 Legal Perspectives Managing Contractual Relationships in a Turbulent EconomyBy John Eustermann
13 Industry Events
14 Business Briefs
16 Industry News
55 EERC UpdateSustainability of Biofuels:A Glimpse at the Magnitude of Fuel Consumption, Agricultural ProductionBy Brad Stevens
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2009 Biomass Conference & Expo 58 & 59
2009 Canadian Renewable Energy Workshop 27
2009 Fuel Ethanol Workshop 38
2009 National Ethanol Conference 48
2009 RETECH Conference 6
BBI International Community Initiative To 33Improve Energy Sustainability (CITIES)
BBI Biofuels Recruiting 53
BBI Engineering & Consulting 9 & 30
Bioenergy Australasia Magazine 49
Bioenergy Canada Magazine 39
Biomass Power Association 2
Christianson & Associates PLLP 52
Clean Energy Resource Teams 47
Continental Biomass Industries 4
Ethanol Producer Magazine 57
Jansen Combustion & Boiler Technologies Inc. 37
Maas Companies 31
Price BIOstock Services 24
R.C. Costello & Associates Inc. 25
Robert-James Sales Inc. 60
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Disaster Debris Shouldnt Be a Problem
recently came across an article in the International Herald Tribune that would make any red-blooded American biomass processor salivate. The story, titled Debris pile becomes symbol of US agency
delays, was about a 30-mile-long pile of debris along the Texas coast leftover from the 2008 hurricane sea-son. However, before you start making plans to turn that debris into something useful such as energy or fertilizer, theres something you should know. According to the article, that pile of debris is mired in red tape.
The article says the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency is working as fast as it can, but complex regulations, the need to spend taxpayer money wisely and arguments over who is responsible for what have stymied cleanup efforts.
Call me crazy, but I think FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison and Secretary of Energy Sa