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May 5, 2011ST. LOUIS, MO |  By: Wayman

Biomass Conference

An International biomass energy conference is going on in St. Louis this week.

They are in the state to discuss technologies for turning everything from crop residues to municipal trash into liquid fuels, heat, and electricity. Tim Portz is the program director for BBI International, the company organizing the biomass conference. He says it's not going to be easy for the biomass industry to gain a foothold in the marketplace of already established US Energy Producers. Participants at the International Conference have toured some Missouri biomass facilities including Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis which is putting organic-rich wastewater from the beer making process into an airtight vessel where microbes turn the organic matter into methane gas.