Research Begins on Converting Manure to Heat

[] Following the recently improved Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), a new research effort is underway at Texas A&M to find new ways of combining consumer energy needs and agriculture industry trends in biomass. Specifically, researchers at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station are trying to determine what process and what mix of the product will create the most useable heat and, as a result, energy. Tests of composite manure samples at several labs showed the low-ash manure had about twice the organic matter and heating value. A related research project involves using the byproduct combustion ash as a fertilizer or construction material.
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