Quasar Energy Group is exploring new biomass applications at Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, where a bio-digester is currently supplying a third of the center's electricity needs. Its commercial digester in Zanesville is nearing completion and the company plans to break ground on a Franklin County facility in 2010. The company had its beginnings three years ago when Schmack BioEnergy of Germany built a digester to help KB Compost Services process bio-solids generated at the Akron wastewater treatment plant. Later, Quasar spun off. A recent $2-million Ohio Third Frontier grant is allowing Quasar and the OARDC to research and develop next generation technology and new possibilities, such as auto or home heating fuel. The company recently added five positions, giving it 20 employees.