Grant Helps Wisconsin Company Turn Wood Byproduct into Energy

Monday, April 14, 2008

From a press release issued by Focus on Energy:

MONTELLO, Wis. – Glen Oak Lumber & Milling, Inc. of Montello, Wis., one of the nation’s largest hardwood lumber and millwork manufacturers, recently established a new company dedicated to reducing wood waste. The newly formed Wood Residuals Solutions is not only using wood waste to develop new product lines, with the help of a $20,000 Implementation Grant from Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Program, the company is using its byproduct to fuel a woodfired boiler.

Wood Residuals Solutions is using its large supply of wood byproducts such as shavings, sawdust, ground knots and scraps to develop and produce Densified BioTech Fuel™, a product that can be used as fuel for energy production. While the company markets its fuel pellets primarily to large coal-burning plants, it considers businesses wanting to replace natural gas heating with a renewable fuel to be a strong secondary market.

An additional profitable opportunity has been the company’s initiative to screen, process and package wood shavings for animal bedding, to produce wood flour for the wood/plastics composite industry and to someday provide mulch for landscaping applications.