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Kevin Hennessy, a scientist with a research and science lab for developing innovative new uses for agricultural products, was among the featured speakers Tuesday at a biobusiness forum in Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Potential, challenges for biomass energy sources outlined at local forum


WILLMAR -- From corn cobs to sugar beet pulp, researchers and entrepreneurs are studying how to turn biomass into a feasible -- and cost-effective -- source of renewable energy. But it's a complicated journey, full of challenges both technical and economic, experts told a local audience Tuesday.

"We're moving much more slowly than I would have anticipated," said Denny Timmerman, project director at the Minnesota Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.

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