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Putting sustainable biomass to the test

By District Energy posted 08-15-2018 00:00


This article was featured in the Q3 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine.

Boosting woody biomass use with a new boiler helps Mizzou slash greenhouse gas emissions.


The University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, the state’s largest university, has achieved notable success in sustainability by decreasing its climate impact by more than half since 2008. In 2017, the institution was recognized as IDEA’s System of the Year and received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership Leadership award for renewable energy project development. The university’s renewable energy portfolio includes a biomass combined heat and power system, a 36 kW solar photovoltaic array, a 20 kW wind turbine, a wind power purchase agreement and three solar thermal systems. This renewable portfolio, along with fuel shifting to more natural gas, operational efficiency and continued energy conservation, has yielded MU’s total decrease in greenhouse gases; however, a significant share of MU’s climate impact reduction comes from the wood waste-fueled CHP system, installed in 2013.


Gregg Coffin, PE, Director of Energy Management, University of Missouri; Ken Davis, PE, Senior Assistant Director of Energy Management, University of Missouri
Robynn Andracsek, PE, Associate Environmental Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

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