chase smith, plant manager.  video of interview & tour coming soon.
QUASAR MAIN OFFICE/COMPUTER CONTROL AREA AND PROCESSING FACILITIES IN ZANESVILLE. THE LOADING DOCK IS TO THE RIGHT.

Harvesting in the 700+ acre Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. The Marsh is stewarded by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Museum is continuing to restore the entire Marsh over the course of several years.

DAVID NEMEC, CHEROKEE DEMOLITION, MONITORING THE LOADING
MOVED TO THE MENTOR LAGOONS HARVEST AREA (OCT 19) TO HARVEST A LITTLE LESS THAN AN ACRE.
below is a photo chronology of the oct 18-20 mentor marsh harvest. the harvest was a combined effort of the power-from-restoration collaborative, led by the cleveland museum of natural history.
BRENDAN CARSON, WASHING THE MACHINE IN THE LAGOONS. BOB ZEITZ, MARSH BOARD, & RON BRESLAW (NOT IN PHOTO, ASSISTING.
each load is 8 cubic meters. 

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SCALING A STEEP INCLINE (BY THE PURPLE MARTIN HOUSE) AFTER DUMPING A LOAD OF CHOPPED PHRAGMITES.
BADGER TRANSFER LOADS An 80 SQUARE METER PILE OF PHRAGMITES BIOMASS INto CHEROKEE DEMOLITIONS'S LIVE-BOTTOM TRUCK.  oct 2015
VILLAGE OF GRAND RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT, TO THE RESCUE FOR  A BLADE ADJUSTMENT: CHIEF BOB LLOYD & MATT BOBINSKI.
JONATHAN EDWARDS, CITY OF MENTOR, RECORDING THE MENTOR LAGOONS HARVEST (OCT 19) WITH THEIR NEW DRONE.
 BEFORE  - - - -  AND  AFTER  V

HARVEST AND PARKING LOCATIONS:

PATRICK TOTH (BADGER TRANSFER) AND DAVID NEMEC (CHEROKEE DEMOLITION) DISCUSSING TRANSPORT LOGISTICS

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A LITTLE OVER 10 TONS OF PHRAGMITES WERE DELIVERED TO QUASAR OCT 20.

THIS WEBSITE IS CONTINUING TO BE UPDATED WITH DETAILS OCT 25+, INCLUDING VIDEOS.


The harvest for power was Oct 18 & 19, 2015.  Pick-up and delivery to quasar was Oct 20.


                                        Live-tweets from Oct 18-20 are at: PowerFromRestoration

                                               


                                                                                                     

LOGLOGIC SOFTRAK CUT-AND-COLLECT SYSTEM

LOADING INTO CHEROKEE DEMOLITION'S LIVE-BOTTOM TRUCK AT THE ROUTE 44 & HEADLANDS ROAD LOCATION, OCT 20
THREE HOURS LATER, WEIGHING AT QUASAR ENERGY GROUP IN ZANESVILLE, OHIO = 10.02 TONS OF DELIVERED BIOMASS.
THIS IS WHAT 10 TONS OF PHRAGMITES BIOMASS LOOKS LIKE (ABOUT HALF OUT, HERE). CHASE SMITH, PLANT MANAGER, AND DAVID NEMEC (CHEROKEE) MAKING SURE ALL GOES WELL.
final pile.  10.02 tons of phragmites biomass, representing a portion of about 2 acres from mentor marsh. measurements in the field & calculations will be shared.

(See blue botton at the top right of this page.)

BECKY DONALDSON, CHIEF NATURALIST AT THE MENTOR MARSH NATURE CENTER, WATCHING THE PROCESS, THEN TAKING A RIDE.

PARKING FOR FIRST HARVEST SITE:

HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK

harvester pilot and field researcher, brendan carson, loyola university. brendan brought loyola's harvester from michigan.
QUASAR'S BIO-GAS FUELING STATION ON-SITE (TOP)

ELECTRICITY GENERATION STATION (TOP RIGHT)

QUASAR TRUCK FUELED BY BIO-GAS (BOTTOM RIGHT)

- ALL PHOTOS DEPICT SIZE AT ABOUT THE SAME SCALE.

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chase smith and plant operators for the day (oct 20): chaz deleon and matt willey.

PHOTOS BELOW - more to be added, PLUS VIDEOS,

including an interview/tour with quasar's plant manager

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ROUTE 44 AND HEADLANDS ROAD (SW CORNER), GRAND RIVER, OHIO. FIRST HARVEST (OCT 18) - ABOUT 2 ACRES
BRENDAN HEADING HOME TO MICHIGAN OCT 19.

2ND HARVEST SITE AND PARKING:

MENTOR LAGOONS PARKING AREA

Mentor Marsh harvest - Oct 18 & 19 2015. shipment for digestion Oct 20.

UNLOADING ON THE LOADING PAD. THE LIVE-BOTTOM TRUCK PUSHES THE BIOMASS OUT FROM THE INSIDE AS THE FLOOR MOVES

FIRST HARVEST SITE: ROUTE 44 & HEADLANDS RD

RYAN TOMLINSON, BADGER tRANSFER LLC, ARRANGING BIOMASS PILE IN EARLY MORNING OCT 20, PREPARATION FOR LOADING.
LOADING AT THE MENTOR LAGOONS HARVEST AREA - OCT 20. rTE 44 TOTAL WAS 10 LOADS, LAGOONS WAS 3.
NEARBY SCALES TO WEIGH THE TRUCK, TO ENSURE IT'S WITHIN LEGAL ROAD LIMITS - PROVIDED COURTESY OF BOB HAY, CARMEUSE.

LOGLOGIC SOFTRAK (UK) CUT-AND-COLLECT SYSTEM. This unit was 

loaned to the project by Loyola University for the two-day harvest.

​​​​SUMMARY:            (Location maps are at the bottom of this page)


-Harvest at the Mentor Lagoons location (three loads) was completed Oct 19. On Oct 18, ten loads were harvested at the Route 44 & Headlands Rd location (a section of Mentor Marsh in the Village of Grand River, Ohio). The harvester was run by Brendan Carson of Loyola University, who loaned their GLRI-awarded harvester for this pilot, led by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.


- These 13 loads (~2-2.5 acres) of phragmites biomass were loaded by Badger Transfer LLC (clamshell equipment) and picked up by Cherokee Demolition (shipper) on Oct 20, and delivered to quasar energy groupin Zanesville, Ohio, for processing via anaerobic digestion to produce fuel and utility power.


- Restoration work will continue (see "Restoration" button at top) - to compare success of harvesting vs pressing (200+ acres in Nov 2015 by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History), and before & after, and two types of field equipment. Pre-spraying photos will be on that page.