Voices Needed in Campus Discussion of Biomass Energy

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) seeks faculty, staff, and students to join a consultation group on biomass energy production at Illinois to address the energy generation goals of the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP).

We invite all interested persons to come and share ideas for large-scale biomass facilities that could augment our campus’ current energy portfolio while moving us in the direction of low carbon energy as outlined in the iCAP.

The first meeting will be noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in the iSEE Conference Room (Room 358, National Soybean Research Center, 1101 W. Peabody Drive, Urbana). The action agenda will be to organize the effort and identify specific issues for discussion throughout this semester. Possible topics:

  • Perennial grass co-combustion at Abbott Power Plant. (The University of Iowa has undertaken a large co combustion project adding Miscanthus to its portfolio. Is this a model we can benefit from and build upon?);
  • Perennial grass direct combustion or gasification;
  • Anaerobic digesters for campus waste streams / perennial grasses; and
  • All other ideas welcome, too!

For those unable to attend in person, teleconference links will be available for the meetings. Please email tmies@illinois.edu if you would like to attend this way — OR if you are unable to attend but are interested in participating in the consultation group.

We ask that you pass this invitation along to anyone who may be interested in this opportunity to guide campus operations to a more sustainable future.