Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo at State College, PA on September 12-14, 2017

Sponsored by the United States Forestry Association and U.S. Dept of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) is proud to present the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomass Conference and Expo, taking place September 12-14, 2017, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.  ‚ÄčThis event will bring together attendees from across industry and the general public, from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

There are several agenda items of particular interest to K-12 schools, and colleges/universities.  One in particular involves the continued focus on using wood chips and pellets to heat commercial facilities such as schools, hospitals, and other places. Using local wood keeps energy dollars in the community instead of going to some large corporate entity.  Current highlights include: 

Tour of Hybrid Willow Plantation at Rockview - Penn State has planted several varieties of hybrid willow to test growth performance. Attendees will observe first-hand how this promising biomass fuel feedstock is being managed and learn its potential impacts on Pennsylvania's biomass industry.

Tour of Willow Fueled Boiler at East Lycoming School ‚Äč - East Lycoming High School is one of the first schools to grow and use its own hybrid willow plantation in the US. They have about 40 acres of willow which has been harvested in part and used as fuel or their Messersmith boiler. Notice the 2.5 acres solar array next to the willow plantation that supplies half the electrical needs of their high school.

PBEA is the non-profit trade association representing the use of biomass to produce clean heat, power, biogas and soil amendments in Pennsylvania and around the Mid-Atlantic region, representing businesses, organizations, and individuals that share a common vision that biomass is an abundant, affordable natural resource that should be used in an environmental responsible manner for thermal applications.

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Source: Pennysylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA)