United States Department of Energy Biomass Power Demonstration Programs

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    The United States Department of Energy's (DOE) Biomass Power Program includes core activities such as: working with the biomass power industry to overcome problems in using some forms of biomass in existing boilers; evaluating and developing advanced technologies such as gasification and pyrolysis; assessing the characteristics of biogas produced from various gasification technologies; developingclean-up technology for high-temperature biogas; supporting small-system demonstrations; analyzing biomass power systems; and sponsoring cost-shared feasibility studies with industry. The Biomass Power Program is supporting integrated efforts such as the 'Energy Partnerships for a Strong Economy' initiative, which includes jointly funded commercial application projects such as the Hawaii BiomassGasifier Project at the Hawaii Commercial and Sugar Company's sugar processing plant in Paia, Maui, Hawaii and the Vermont Biogass Gasifier project at Burlington Electric Department's 50-megawatt wood-fired McNeil Station in Burlington, Vermont. DOE is also supporting commercialization of integrated production systems through a collaborative effort with the United States Department ofAgriculture (USDA) and private industry. The objective of the 'Biomass Power for Rural Development' initiative is to successfully demonstrate the integration of biomass feedstock production with high-efficiency power production systems which will produce power at cost-competitive rates. This paper will discuss details of a number of integrated production feasibility studies, technologydemonstration projects (the Hawaii and Vermont gasifier projects), and integrated commercialization through the 'Biomass Power for Rural Development' initiative; and will show the importance of such projects for future commercialization of biomass-based power generation using advanced technologies. Contact (email): richard_bain@nrel.gov
    Original languageAmerican English
    Title of host publicationEnergy Business Technology Sourcebook
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th World Energy Engineering Congress, 6-8 November 1996, Atlanta, Georgia
    PagesCha 2: 11-19
    StatePublished - 1997

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CH-210-24370


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