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Biomass Fuel Project

Biomass

The Biomass Fuel Project is an interdisciplinary program which aims to assess and improve university power plant facilities, biomass feedstock, and community awareness and education in biomass energy. The project utilizes a coal and biomass blend primarily using oat hulls and wood chips. The project also focuses on developing a regional energy stock in dedicated energy crops, such as Miscanthus. The project employs two solid fuel furnaces at the main University of Iowa power plant and one solid fuel furnace at the UI research park to burn the co-blended fuel.

The Biomass Fuel Project involves numerous University of Iowa employees and strives to engage students and professionals in each aspect of the project. Student projects and community partners are essential to the development of the program.

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Miscanthus

Miscanthus

Miscanthus is one of many plants can be grown as a dedicated energy crop grown for the express purpose of producing biof...

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Biomass Fuel Sources

Biomass Fuel Sources

The main component of the Biomass Fuel Project is the identification, testing, and growing of biomass feedstock options....

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Biomass Use at UI Power Plants

Biomass Use at UI Power Plants

The University Iowa currently burns biomass at two locations on-campus: the Main Power Plant, located on the Iowa River ...

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Partners

Partners

The UI Biomass Fuel Project involves several parters, both on campus and in the community. We also work with Iowa State ...

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Community Education and Outreach

Community Education and Outreach

The University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project engages a variety of audiences in outreach and education events. Although th...

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Project Background

The Biomass Fuel Project was established in 2003 in response to University of Iowa President Sally Mason’s goal of creat...

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Contact Us

Contact us for questions or to request a presentation. We are interested in hearing from you.  Comments and questions on...

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