Project ID

XP2012-05

Abstract

Biomass may be obtained from existing sources, such as industrial co-products (e.g., oat hulls and paper sludge), from the forest using managed timber stand improvement, and from growing perennial dedicated energy crops on marginal lands. Each of these sources may be developed in a manner that improves the sustainability of the University of Iowa energy supplies.

Key Question

How does the University of Iowa source biomass fuels to meet its 2020 goal of 40 percent renewable energy?

Findings

There are a number of biomass sources within 50 miles of Iowa City. Biomass may be obtained from existing sources, such as industrial co-products (e.g., oat hulls and paper sludge) from the forest using managed timber stand improvement, and from growing perennial dedicated energy crops on marginal lands. Each of these sources may be developed in a manner that improves the sustainabilty of the UI energy supplies.

Principal Investigator(s)

Ferman Milster

Co-Investigator(s)

Emily Heaton, Richard Hall, Jesse Randall, John Tyndall, Tricia Knoot, Nathan Young, Ronald Zalesny, Grant Domke, Mark Nelson

Year of Grant Completion

2013

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