Biomass Essay

3487 Words Jul 20th, 2014 14 Pages
English 101
Linda Martin
Research Paper
Jordan Hartt
November 29, 2010

Slash/Burn and Chips

An argument for Biomass Co-Generation

Biomass co-generation is the historically proved approach to energy production. For thousands of years, the Plains Indians (then early settlers) used buffalo chips to build fires to heat their tepees (and sod huts). This was probably the first use of biomass energy in America. Early settlers learned from the Indians to heat their sod huts. After the buffalo became extinct, cow chips were used. On the plains there weren’t many trees and coal had not been discovered there, so this was a matter of survival (Whyte n.d.). Once the chips were dried in the sun they were almost odorless, and placed outside
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Formerly Daishowa America Co., Ltd, the mill was originally built in 1920 at the base of Ediz Hook on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is located in Port Angeles, Washington. A de-inking facility was constructed in 1992 and processes upwards of 80,000 tons of recycled paper each year. It is one of the few de-inking facilities in North America that can recycle old telephone directories. The Nippon Paper mill employs 244 employees and produces 160,000 tons of telephones directory paper a year. Approximately 60% of the pulp used is from mechanically refined fiber. The other approximate forty percent is from the de-inking (removing ink and other finishing materials, like coatings, sizing, and adhesives from printed paper (De-inking n.d.) and pulping system used to recycle residential wastepaper and old telephone books (Nippon Paper Industries USA Co. n.d.). Next month, Nippon Paper Industries USA Inc. will celebrate their 90th anniversary. In a business group’s weekly breakfast meeting held by the Port Angeles Business Association (PABA), Nippon will receive special recognition for its “history of employing many of their residents, providing their youth with scholarships, and sponsoring community endeavors that contribute to the health and welfare of the community” (Business Politics and Environment 2010). Pam McWethy, Sarah Goldblatt, and Michele Burns are members of the PT AirWatchers. They were on the Taylor Street dock in Port Townsend

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