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Developing a Wood Pellet/Densified Biomass Industry in Washington State: Opportunities and Challenge

Description:
The Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program was directed by the Washington State Legislature [3ESHB-2127, section 603 (8)] to conduct a study of densified biomass as a renewable fuel for heating homes, businesses and other facilities in our state. This report to Governor Chris Gregoire and the Legislature presents a summary of the WSU Energy Program’s densified biomass study findings.

Related Topics:
1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable

Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12

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Developing a Wood Pellet/Densified Biomass Industry in Washington State: Opportunities and Challenge
Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12

Related Sub-Topics

3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.

1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.

4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

8.6 Liquid fuel can be produced from wood feedstocks.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways.

1.2 The energy of a system or object that results in its temperature is called thermal energy.

5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.

2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.

8.2 Transportation and logistic considerations shape cost and feasibility within supply chains.

4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.