Biomass-to-energy workshop planned |

Biomass-to-energy workshop planned

OROVILLE, Calif. – The Central Sacramento Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, University of California and USDA Forest Service will host a workshop explaining emerging technology in the woody biomass energy arena.

This workshop will help participants understand the basics of different energy production technologies including scale, cost, raw material specification and whether they are proven or emerging technologies.

Nevada County’s Sustainable Energy Task Force has been studying the possibility of using fire fuels – brush and small trees – cleared from forest and private land to create jobs, a source of local, sustainable energy and a mechanism for making the area safer from wildland fire.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Checkers Italian Restaurant, 109 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville.

Cost is $20 and includes refreshments and lunch. Register at by September 10. Space is limited.

The meeting will begin with an overview of woody biomass fundamentals, but will focus on energy conversion technologies including: Combined Heat and Power (CHP), gasification, pyrolysis, wood pellets, and others. Potential financial assistance programs will also be discussed.

Public, private and tribal forest resource managers, policy makers, natural resource professionals, loggers, biomass contractors, interested businesses, utility companies and interested citizens would benefit from the information.

In early November, there will be a follow-up field tour to a number of woody biomass to energy conversion facilities in the Davis area. Openings on this field tour will be prioritized towards those who attend the September workshop.

Contact Gareth Mayhead at for more information.

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