Saturday, October 30, 2010

BIo Burner model BB-100: Burning Dog Food

Bio Burner model BB-100: Sunflower seeds for heating!

Finally, an EPA Phase 2 home boiler with tremendous fuels versatility... wood chips, sawdust, sunflowers, dog food and of course pellets and corn.

The Future In Bio-Mass Burning Technology

MADISONVILLE, KY - Doesn’t everyone dream of lowering their monthly heating bill? With The Bio-Burner™, biomass burner/boiler, this dream meets reality. The Bio-Burner is a multi-fuel, multi-day burner/boiler with a universal feed system. Heat energy is created by burning “untraditional” bio-fuels (dirty fuels, fine dust products, crop stover, etc.) as well as traditional (corn, wood chips, pellets, etc.)in the same unit. The Bio-Burner, designed and manufactured by LEI Products in Madisonville, KY, is designed to use locally produced fuel for the lowest cost and highest value to the end user. The core design of The Bio-Burner is a foundation for future technology in creating micro CHPC (Combined Heat Power and Cooling).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Snyder County, PA farm utilizes turkey litter for heating

Morrill “Mac” Curtis owns and operates Windview Farm — a modestly sized commercial operation in Pennsylvania’s Snyder County, where he raises both crops and turkeys.  In January 2008, Curtis wanted to do something to bring down his rising utility expenses. So he turned to Denise Bechdel, a regional environmental consultant at Penn State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
“Mac mentioned he wanted to install a biomass heating system to lower heating costs at his farm,” said Bechdel, who administers the SBDC’s free and confidential Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) throughout 19 counties across Pennsylvania.
After meeting with Curtis and assessing his needs from both an environmental and economic standpoint, Bechdel suggested that Windview Farm install a manure gasification hot water boiler to heat the poultry barns. With an average of 26,000 birds occupying the farm’s two barns, there was no lack of fuel to run such a heater—even with the export of manure to other farms, where it serves as a nutrient source for crop production.
Curtis immediately saw that this could be a solution to two problems—bringing down his heating bills and improving his level of environmental stewardship.
“I knew the installation of the boiler would reduce the amount of poultry manure that is applied,” he said, “reducing the farm’s Pennsylvania Phosphorus Index Rate, and helping to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”
Bechdel immediately went to work seeking funds for the installation, while helping Curtis calculate how much it would cost to make it happen. With her expert assistance, Windview Farm applied for, and received, a total of $165,000 from two federal and state grants between February and May, 2008. With this money, Curtis was able to install and fire up his new manure gasification hot water boiler in June of 2009. Nine months later, he is thrilled with the benefits.
“EMAP’s recommendations have reduced the overall operating costs associated with the farm by $30,000!” Curtis reports.
In addition to improving Windview Farm’s economic bottom line, the project has also produced the following benefits to Curtis and the surrounding community:
  • Reduced by 17.85 tons the amount of phosphorus being distributed into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, annually;
  • Increased Windview Farm’s yields of annual growth due to a more efficient heating system;
  • Reduced dependence on a non-renewable energy resource; and
  • Created 16 temporary jobs during the boiler installation process
Projects like this one are exactly what the SBDC’s EMAP program is designed to do —provide Pennsylvania business with owner’s free and confidential assistance that can save them money, while at the same time cleaning up the natural environment.
“Many of my clients demonstrate a commitment that helps insure that there are natural resources left for future generations,” noted Bechdel. “Mac has demonstrated that there are cost effective ways to make capital improvements to reduce energy consumption and operating costs, and has established himself as a leader in environmental stewardship.”
To learn more about Penn State’s Small Business Development Center, and the Environmental Management Assistance Program, visit  
By Cole Hons

By Cole Hons

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Coaltec Energy and Frye Poultry Receive Environmental Award

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has awarded their first-ever Clean Energy Award in 2009. Coaltec Energy and Frye Poultry were selected to receive this award for their poultry gasification project.  The award was presented on May 24, 2010, in Charleston, West Virginia. Pictured at right are (from left to right) West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, Mike McGolden, Josh Frye, WV DEP Environmental Analyst Gene Coccari, and WV DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.

The system was designed and installed with a variety of features to maximize the manure to heat conversion process.  The opportunity to produce high-gradeBiochar greatly enhances the projects economics.