01 Aug '11, 6am

Making Hay, Heating Homes: Clean, Renewable, Homegrown & Cheaper than Coal: Filed under: Energy News

Making Hay, Heating Homes: Clean, Renewable, Homegrown & Cheaper than Coal: Filed under: Energy News

As CEO and co-founder of LST Energy Jim Trussler is a man on a mission: to tout the benefits of growing and using hay, or rather concentrated hay pellets, to heat homes across North America. A Nova Scotia-based start-up, LST has built a patented device that turns hay into pellets that burn efficiently in a range of burners that the company is now manufacturing. “The hay farmers of North America will one day out-produce the oil sands,” Trussler quoted Roger Samson, a biomass energy expert, while speaking at a TEDx event in Nova Scotia in June. They “can produce the energy equivalent of 7.2% of the world’s oil supply (82 million barrels of oil/day.” Growing crops for energy has been blamed for driving up basic food costs in countries around the world. Examining the case of hay in North America, however, Samson and colleagues determined that there are 90 million hectares of l...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/01/making-hay-heating-ho...

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