BTU Energy of Cord Wood

The Energy Content of Wood Species

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Method of Calculation: A Cord is defined as a tightly stacked pile of wood with the following dimensions: 4′ x 4′ x 8′. This volume (128 cubic feet) contains an average of 85 cubic feet of wood and 43 cubic feet of air. Each pound of wood contains 8660 BTU’s, but with well-seasoned firewood at 20% moisture, only 6200 BTU’s are available…

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Non-Woody Biomass Gasification

Gasification with Non-Woody Biomass

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In a recent proposal, the Off Grid Pro team crunched some numbers and created an infographic, outlining one potential energy model, using non-woody biomass as the material. In this particular case, a horse farmer has a need to handle 3.5 tons of horse manure each day. Additionally, he averages 150kW / day in electrical usage. This model illustrates how that manure can be pelletized and pyrolyzed into gasifier fuel.

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Alternative Power for Permaculturists

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Troy Martz from Off Grid Pro discusses appropriate alternative energy technologies based on biome, climate, and context. This interview was conducted prior to his talk at the Permaculture Voices Conference (PV2) in San Diego this year, entitled, Alternative Power for Permaculturists.