Wood Energy Short Course 2013

One Day Short Course
21 July, 2015
Forest Resources Building, Penn State University
State College, PA

About the Event

Wood-based commercial scale energy systems are an outstanding opportunity for improved sustainability of forests and buildings by providing renewable energy while reducing costs and enhancing forest quality

This one-day short course provides an in-depth introduction to the use of wood energy systems to provide heat or heat and power to commercial and institutional scale facilities. These “fuels for schools” type projects have proven themselves to be cost effective and popular with their owners, and many opportunities exist in the region to expand the use of renewable, sustainable wood heat in a manner that safeguards air quality and enhances the health of our forests. Come learn about system design, fuel sourcing, and successful project development, followed by a tour of a nearby wood energy facility at Penns Valley School District.

Connect with the State Wood Energy Team!

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was recently awarded a USDA grant to operate a "State Wood Energy Team". This short course is a great opportunity to connect with that initiative and network with team members.



21 July:
9:30 Sign-in
10:00 Welcome and Introductions

An Introduction to Commercial Scale Wood Energy
- Dan Ciolkosz, Penn State


Forest Management for Wood Energy
- Dan Heggenstaller, PA Game Commission


Wood Fuels for Commercial Energy Systems
- Lucas Dillinger, Domtar Corporation


Other Biomass Fuel Sources
- Mike Jacobson, Penn State

12:00  Lunch

Commercial Wood Energy Combustion Systems
- Gerry Guard, Messersmith Mfg.


Combined Heat and Power
- Ed Johnstonbaugh, Penn State


Successful Project Development
- Ed Johnstonbaugh, Penn State

14:30 Site Visit: Penns Valley Biomass System
16:30 End


Who Should Attend?

This short course is designed for individuals who are interested in wood energy and may have some background in the subject, but would like to develop their skills and potentially develop, promote, or operate wood energy systems. The target audience includes:


Register Now!

This short course is "embedded" in the multi day "World of Wood 2015" conference, so the registration system might seem a little odd at first, but don't worry - it will all work out fine. Early bird registration for the event is $65 per person (up to June 15), after that the price rises to $85. Registration includes admission, packet of materials, lunch and site visit transportation.  Register online at:




Contact Dan Ciolkosz at dec109@psu.edu or 814-863-3484


This short course was hosted By Penn State Extension in partnership with the Penn State Biomass Energy Center and the USDA-sponsored NEWBio Bioenergy Consortium - a regional partnership of universities, companies, and government agencies working together to grow the bioenergy industry in the Northeast US. Partial support is provided by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant No. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Additional event partners include Mssersmith Manufacturing, Domtar Corporation, and the PA Game Commission. Any mention of companies or products is illustrative in nature and does not imply endorsement by Penn State.

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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