Now, fossil fuels are just biological materials that are some WICKED ancient. We can burn materials that take less than 50 years to re-generate instead, and we can grow’em right around these parts.

Biological Power Blog Posts

Maine's Conversation about Biological Power

When we talk about biological power, we mean power that is generated from converting materials that were once living, such as trees or other plants.  We will have several sub-headings (such as biodiesel, biomass and ethanol) under biological power in time; for now they are all under one umbrella.

We invite Maine's experts and novices to post their questions, concerns, insights, rants, praise or technical information about the many forms of biological power available in Maine here. Please join the conversation and check back often for updates.

Advertisement for trees as Maine's homegrown fuel

01/30/2011 - 4:16pm

photo fo Gary WeinsteinAs we look to invest in alternative energy, Mainers are sitting on the mother lode. Densified biomass is an efficient, sustainable and cost effective technology available today.

01/12/2011 - 12:20pm

Photo of Marie BrillEvidence is mounting that corn ethanol and other basic biofuels are actually worse for the environment than the fossil fuels they're supposed to replace.

12/27/2010 - 1:13pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about biomass energy.  The term “biomass” refers to many different types of energy production and most involve burning waste biological materials; some even use it in talking about landfill waste-to-energy systems. In Maine, it usually means forest waste.

12/23/2010 - 12:51pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about ethanol.  Up until recently, I would have made this a very short conversation, indeed, because there are so many reasons NOT to make or use ethanol.  Ethanol is basically alcohol, produced by a distillation process similar to corn whiskey (don’t get ideas about drinking it, though!).

12/23/2010 - 12:02pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about biodiesel.  Biodiesel is a fuel made from oils extracted from different plant materials. It can be substituted for either diesel to run buses, trucks and cars, or for heating oil for our buildings.  It is sold in different blends with fossil-fuel diesel, such as B20, which is 20% biodiesel and 80% diesel fuel. B100 would be 100% biodiesel.  The exhaust from burning biodiesel smells like French fries.