The U.S. economy uses biomass-based materials as a source of energy in many ways— Wood and agricultural residues, are burned as a fuel for cogeneration of steam and electricity in the industrial sector–Biomass is used for power generation in the electricity sector and for space heating in residential and commercial buildings— Biomass can be converted to a liquid form for use as a transportation fuel, and research is being conducted on the production of fuels and chemicals from biomass— Biomass materials can also be used directly in the manufacture of a variety of products–In the electricity sector, biomass is used for power generation— The Energy Information Administration, in its Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2002) reference case, projects that biomass may generate 15.3 billion kilowatthours of electricity, or 0.3 percent of the projected 5,476 billion kilowatthours of total generation, in 2020—I’m Christina Collins with CRWE Newswire — Today’s company highlight is Cleantech Transit Incorporated trading with the symbol CLNO — Cleantech Transit Incorporated is in the business of producing and conserving power— The company produces and sells clean electricity globally, with a focus on sustainable energies using renewable resources such as Geothermal, Solar and Wind—–Recent advances in the technology of converting wood waste into power, have so greatly enhanced the economic value of Cleantech Transit’s systems, the company has launched the biomass division as a separate company, Phoenix Energy, to focus exclusively on generating greater returns for manufacturing clients worldwide —-Cleantech Transit recently reported that the 500 KW biomass gasification facility located in Merced, California has successfully passed its interconnection tests and is now connected to the utility distribution grid—The gasification technology uses a non-combustion process to convert Ag and other woody residues into a hydrogen rich gas also known as syngas, which is then converted into electricity, along with heat and biochar (a useful byproduct that captures carbon in solid form and can be used as a soil amendment–The Phoenix Energy technology used in Merced essentially cooks the biomass in an oxygen-deprived environment to release the elemental gasses from the wood— In the process biomass is converted into a carbon rich biochar– With the carbon fixed in solid form this process not only provides a valuable soil amendment but also serves as a source of carbon sequestration–The Merced plant is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 400 homes– The plant connected to the electricity grid under California’s feed-in-tariff with a 15-year power purchase agreement.For more information about Cleantech Transit Incorporated, symbol CLNO, cleantechtransitinc.com I’m Christina Collins with CRWE Newswire
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