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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

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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
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.