EERC to Demo Its Biomass Power Generation System

The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will demonstrate a biomass gasification power generation system at the Grand Forks Truss Plant in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The system, which turns a low-value waste material into valuable heat and electricity, was developed by the EERC’s Center for Renewable Energy through years of projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and commercial industry. “This power system provides unique energy solutions to industrial clients by producing heat and electrical power from a variety of fuels, including waste materials and other organic feedstocks,” said Darren Schmidt, EERC Research Manager. “The power generation and consumption of the lumber scraps ultimately provide a cost savings for the Truss Plant.” The biomass gasification power generation system will convert sawdust and wood waste from the building product plant into a combustible gas to produce heat and electricity. The system is designed to match typical power requirements of various manufacturing industries generating between 10 kilowatts (kW) to 1 megawatt (MW) of power. “There are numerous applications for biomass gasification, which is being sought by numerous corporate partners and has global implications,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “This project is based on the EERC’s 12 years of biomass utilization experience and over 50 years of gasification experience, as well as two years of development and operation of a full-scale portable power plant here at our facilities.”
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