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Alternative energy advocate Robert "Chip" Beam established a world speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah during World of Speed 2010. The two-door sedan was clocked at just less than 48 mph, which may not seem out of the ordinary at first blush. However, this feat was accomplished without the use of gasoline! Instead, Beam fueled his 1989 Mercury Cougar XR7 entirely with wood pellets!

Beam’s wood-powered car is registered, insured and licensed to drive on streets and highways. Beam said a 2,000-pound package of wood pellets can be purchased for anywhere between $200-$300 and explains that his fuel mileage is about "a mile a pound".

Beam and his business partner Larry Shilling of Alfred, N.Y., constructed the rear trunk combustion system in just a few weekends. They plan to research and develop carbon neutral energy resources as an alternative to foreign oil dependence.
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In the upcoming months, The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) will release its new pellet fuel standards. They will include first time third-party verification for compliance as well as new labels for pellet fuel bags that indicate observance.

The Pellet Fuels Institute is just months from implementation of its new pellet fuel standards, including, for the first time, third-party verification for compliance. Participation in the program comes complete with a new label for bags of pellet fuel, illustrating adherence.

January 10-12, John Crouch, director of PFI’s public affairs, will present PFI’s new fuel standards and how they’ll affect pellet manufacturers in the west at the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle.

According to Crouch, the standards are beneficial to the industry. They indicate a commitment to quality and create a standard, he attests. PFI has kept its standards consistent with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a group also working on pellet fuel criteria.

Though PFI introduced standards last year, they weren’t well received by manufacturers, who thought they were too slack and did not include third-party verification. The new standards tighten length and diameter parameters and dictate a one percent ash content limit. Ash content is of particular interest to consumers, because it directly effects how often they have to empty their ashes.

The rules will begin to be implemented by PFI in spring 2011, once the third-part inspectors are ready. Next summer, consumers will see the new labels and hopefully, respond well.

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Lignetics, Inc. is pleased to announce the rollout of their revolutionary new horse bedding, EZ Equine. EZ Equine is the most premium animal bedding, made from tiny, compressed particles of 100% biodegradable raw, white, soft pine. EZ Equine does not contain additives, binders or chemicals whatsoever and is pure, green bedding. No harmful bark or hardwoods are present, which creates a consistent, high quality product.

Using EZ Equine pine bedding is like introducing thousands of tiny, absorbent sponges into your stalls, as each pellet can absorb almost four times its weight in liquid. The kiln dried pine pellets bond with ammonia to destroy odors naturally by neutralizing on contact, which greatly reduces respiratory complaints and pesky insects.

EZ Equine is a sterile, mold and bacteria-free product. Because the processing removes natural wood oils, it also does away with contaminants, such as those in products containing hardwoods.

In addition, EZ Equine is safe if ingested. The bedding is fully screened and then aspirated to remove harmful dust particles, eliminating respiratory problems in animals.

It is only necessary to add one bag of pellets every 5-7 days and strip the stall after a several months, therefore removal costs will be dramatically reduced and stall-cleaning time will be cut in half.

EZ Equine animal bedding is so absorbent that it is only necessary to spot-clean stalls for most of the life of the bedding. This means you only compost bedding that is completely used to its capacity, not bedding that could be used again. With EZ Equine, removal volume may be reduced by up to 50%, which greatly reduces handling costs.

Composting starts immediately because all tars and resins are removed during production, the resulting product is excellent high-quality compost that can even produce income – organic gardeners can’t wait to get their hands on it.

While the initial cost of EZ Equine bedding may be higher, the costs even out, because you will have to spend more on labor to deal with the higher volume of bedding pellets used with inferior products. With EZ Equine, once a stall is prepared it only takes about five minutes to maintain it per day. Because a complete stripping is necessary less often, you save time, and also money.

EZ Equine is available in easily handled forty-pound bags. Because each pellet expands to three to four times its original size, the bags occupy far less space than bales or truckloads of shavings or barns of straw. The bags come on a pallet with a thick plastic cover for secure outdoor storage.

As one of the pioneers in the wood pellet fuel industry, Lignetics maintains plants on both coasts. State of the art facilities utilize up-to-the-minute technology and computer-controlled machines to manufacture Lignetics products. Efficiency and maximization of resources are key components of both the East and West coast locations. Lignetics, Inc. manufactures EZ Equine pine bedding in Kenbridge, Virginia.

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Lignetics Inc. is proud to unveil two new videos, which can be seen on our web site at or on YouTube.
The first video details the manufacturing process we use to make premium wood pellets and Pres-to-Logs® (presto logs) fire logs for home heating. In just over two minutes, you’ll see how we take waste sawdust and turn it into the highest quality wood fuel pellets available. From the conveyor belt to the tumble dryer and everything in between, we outline our method of manufacturing the best value and quality wood pellets available, using 100% environmentally friendly methods.
Our next presentation introduces you to Lignetics, Inc. in just a minute and a half. By sharing just a bit about our company’s history, it becomes clear that Lignetics, Inc. today has come a long way and is determined to continue this heritage of excellence. See how we became the premier pellet manufacturer in North America while remaining true to our dedication to high quality products and matchless customer service

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In December, Lignetics celebrated the Official Grand Opening of its newest manufacturing plant in Kenbridge, Virginia, with many State and Local officials in attendance.
The new plant will have about thirty local employees and utilize the latest state-of-the-art equipment to produce the highest quality premium wood fuel pellets utilizing local sawmill residuals. Lignetics’ trained operators use computer controlled equipment and robotic technology in conjunction with the most efficient manufacturing practices to produce our premium wood pellets. Efficiency, quality control, and maximization of resources are key components of both the East and West coast locations.
With over 125,000 square feet of storage under roof, this will ensure adequate supplies during the heating season. The facility is located in close proximity to mid-Atlantic and Northeastern markets to ensure availability and reduce transportation costs.
Capable of producing 90,000 tons of wood pellet fuel per year, the environmentally friendly Kenbridge plant is dedicated to green production values. The forty-five acre site is a model of modern manufacturing while being mindful of producing a carbon-neutral product.
Lignetics maintains plants on both the East and West coasts, which helps reduce expensive transportation costs and keeps a readily available and consistent supply of wood pellets and Pres-to-logs® fire logs available at a lower cost. By locating their plants near local markets, Lignetics hopes to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their commitment to the environment.

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