[NEWS] Oregon State University Eyes Biomass Energy
– July 13, 2016, KTVZ
A grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture could enable planners at Oregon State University–Cascades to move closer to achieving net zero energy usage across the future campus by studying the potential of integrating a woody biomass thermal energy system and campus-wide biomass district energy to provide heat to campus buildings.
The $193,910 grant was awarded by the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Innovations grant program and will be used to determine the technology and space requirements of a campus-scale biomass thermal energy system.
The USDA Wood Innovations program supports projects that promote the use of wood in commercial construction, heat and power generation, and other wood product innovations that also benefit forest health.
The grant allows planners to investigate the potential integration of a biomass energy system into the OSU-Cascades campus as a renewable resource alternative. A preliminary study showed that a proposed woody biomass system would be technically feasible and economically viable.