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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.

What's New

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited the University of Iowa on Wednesday, June 7, to learn more about the UI's innovative biomass program. The Governor and her staff joined President Harreld, staff from the Iowa Energy Center, and our FM biomass project experts to discuss the history, current status and future goals of the program as we transition to Zero Coal by 2025. Governor Reynolds said, “Biomass and biogas are among the areas we highlighted in the state energy plan. This is an opportunity — it’s like a pilot program that we can find out what worked, what didn’t, what were some of the barriers. We are here to ask how can we better connect what you’re doing to really implement a plug-and-play for other areas across the state.”

Media coverage included articles in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa City Press Citizen and Daily Iowan.


Miscanthus Biomass Fuel Project

Miscanthus Biomass Fuel Project

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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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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