Monthly Archives: January 2009

150MPG Human Powered Goblin Aero

Goblin Motors’ new line of human powered vehicles are coming online February 2009. These vehicles, known as velomobiles, allow a single occupant to travel faster than a bicycle using their own power. Power assist systems are available as an option. … Continue reading

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Running a Car on Wind Energy

A new power packed performance super car has been designed in California that can run at the speed of 155 mph without conventional fuel. For startup this car will use solar powered battery but later draw its energy from circulating … Continue reading

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An Artificial Sun on Earth

It is science’s star experiment: an attempt to create an artificial sun on earth — and provide an answer to the world’s impending energy shortage. Scientists believe that this can’t be achieved for the next hundred years, but having your … Continue reading

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Manure digesters help address the environmental scourge of animal waste

From an article by Anita Weier in The Capital Times: A dozen Waunakee dairy farmers trudged through snow drifts on the Crave Brothers Farm near Waterloo on a recent wintry Wisconsin day. Marty Mulcahy, one of the farmers, even brought … Continue reading

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Switchgrass Is a Promising Ethanol Biomass

US study shows switchgrass is a promising ethanol biomass Posted on 9 January 2008 by Luke Hallam An on-farm study by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has shown that switchgrass can produce 540% more energy than that needed to grow, … Continue reading

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Wisconsin boasts most manure-to-energy projects

From an article by Tom Content in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: When it comes to generating renewable energy, Wisconsin lacks the high winds of the Great Plains and the steady sunlight of Arizona, but it has one abundant resource few … Continue reading

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Manure-to-energy system has environmental benefits

From an article by Kristopher Wenn in the Manitowoc Herald Republican: MANITOWOC — What comes out of cows can be toxic to the environment, but it also can be put to use, said Steve Dvorak on Thursday. Dvorak is the … Continue reading

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Midwest Ag Energy Network Summit, February 5-6, 2008

From the Midwest Ag Energy Network: Next Generation Ag Energy: Policies to Advance Regional Growth Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Madison, WI Join other Midwestern ag leaders at the 2nd Annual Midwest Ag Energy Network Summit to learn how … Continue reading

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Crave Brothers unveil new manure-to-electricity system

Bacteria in the biodigester (the tank on the left) produce methane gas, which is piped underground, and into a system to cool it (on the right) before the gas enters the building (behind the cooler) which houses the engine that … Continue reading

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Crave Brothers show details of manure-to-electricity system

A sketch posted at Crave Brothers Farm provides a simple explanation of how a biodigester turns manure into electricity. Click on photo to enlarge.

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WI energy czar wants more cows for electricity

From a story by Charlie Mathews in the Manitowoc Herald Times Republican: MANITOWOC — For Wisconsin to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, it may take capturing more wind, expanding nuclear plants, and taking advantage of all the cows in … Continue reading

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Biofuels, wind, solar eyed as viable options for Wisconsin

From a story by Pete Bach in the Appleton Post Crescent: Wisconsin appears to be all about cultivating renewable energy sources. A look around the region finds a Neenah paper mill among the leaders in the developing field, while an … Continue reading

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Turning Manure To Power

A story by John Hartzell in the Wisconsin State Journal describes how farmer use a digester to get rid of animal waste and generate electricity:When dairy farmer Gary Boyke looks out at the manure his herd produces, he sees the … Continue reading

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RENEW responds to cows vs. wind column

A column by Mike Nichols in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel seems to present an either/or dicotomy between wind-generated electricity and digester-generated electricity. Nichols wrote: This is something to ponder as we head into a new year – and a new … Continue reading

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Manure digester summit set for January 13

From the announcement of the Manure Digester Summit: Whether you have less than a 100-head herd or a large herd, digesters can work for you. Come to the seminar to hear how Dane County and Richland County are using community … Continue reading

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World Bank loans money to China for biogas project

By Ryan C. Christiansen December 12, 2008 The World Bank has announced that it will invest $120 million in China’s National Rural Biogas Program to use anaerobic digestion to process waste to produce biogas for cooking. The grant will help … Continue reading

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Vickerman responds to anonymous "Greenie"

RENEW’s Executive Director wrote the following response to a post by “Greenie” on a local forum: Forumite Greenie writes: “The biggest problem with the federal production tax credit for renewable energy is that it only covers wind and solar. In … Continue reading

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Checking in on manure digesters

In front of the Five Star Dairy’s biodigester near Eau Claire, Michael Vickerman holds the digestion’s fiberous residue that can be spread on fields for fetilizer or used for bedding and other products. From an article by John Oncken in … Continue reading

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Solar Valley grows under cloudy German skies

RENEW Wisconsin supports and the Governor’s Global Warming Task Force has before it the concept of fixed above-market prices (called feed-in tariffs) for electricity produced from renewable resources, as described in an article by Mark Landler in The New York … Continue reading

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State to start issuing energy grants, loans

From an article by Rick Barrett in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Businesses and researchers may soon apply for state grants and loans aimed at developing renewable energy, Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday.The state expects to award about $15 million per … Continue reading

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