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All Power Labs Founder and Director Jim Mason shows off the inside of the PowerTainer, a diesel engine generator powered by biomass. The PowerTainer contains a gasifier, gas cleanup, fuel hopper, fuel handling system, diesel genset and control system inside a shipping container.

PowerTainer demonstrates future of small-scale biomass


The University of Minnesota, Morris is gearing up research on sustainable energy by partnering on a scaled-down version of the campus' biomass facility that could be used to provide electricity in disaster areas.

Last Thursday, campus researchers and their national partners demonstrated the PowerTainer, a transportable diesel engine generator (genset) powered by biomass developed with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.