Torrefaction Facility to Open in John Day
Transforming Wood Waste into Fuel
In the Grant County community of John Day, Restoration Fuels and Malheur Lumber are using fire to fight fire — and to make better fire.
The process of Torrefaction roasts wood in very high temperatures, up to 400-750 degrees Fahrenheit. “In the end, we are creating a material that is like coal,” said Restoration Fuels CEO Matt Krumenauer. “The process is comparable to roasting coffee beans and involves heating the woody biomass in the absence of oxygen. The end product looks, feels and acts like coal, but comes from recently-grown wood. Which is far easier than using fossilized coal which is wood and carbon that is millions of years old.”
The Torrefaction plant will use locally sourced waste wood that is water resistant and low in moisture. The resulting product has a similar energy profile as coal but with a smaller environmental footprint. Utilities can use torrefied biomass to generate electricity.
“In developing a new, renewable fuel production facility,” adds Matt, “we will provide a new market for biomass. And that supports forest restoration while integrating with existing business and infrastructure. Also, we are creating economic opportunities for the communities we work with.”
LOTTERY DOLLARS DOING GOOD THINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Willamette Heritage Center
Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center has received nearly $6,500 in preservation funds from the Oregon Lottery.
Prineville Airport Improvements
Prineville Airport is flying high because of a $2 million Lottery grant through the Oregon Department of Transportation and ConnectOregon. The grant helped to replace an old fuel system and build a facility for the Central Oregon Rapellers.
Albany’s Hebrew Cemetery Reclaimed
As frequently happens with our early cemeteries, the Albany Hebrew Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. Weeds and invasive vegetation had grown out of control. Many grave markers lay in ruined pieces. As sad as these conditions are at any burial ground, they were especially regrettable at this unique cemetery. The cemetery documents the lives and final resting sites of the Willamette Valley’s original Jewish settlers. As early as the 1870’s, a small community of Jewish families had settled in the Albany area. The tragic death of an infant death in one of these families was the catalyst that brought them together in an organized way. Together they founded the First Hebrew Congregation of Albany. In 1878, one of these families, the Senders, deeded the land that became the cemetery to the congregation.
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