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Logistics, Costs, and GHG Impacts of Utility-Scale Cofiring with 20 Percent Biomass.


DE141156999

Publication Date 2013
Page Count 165
Abstract This report presents the results of an evaluation of utility-scale biomass cofiring in large pulverized coal power plants. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the cost and greenhouse gas reduction benefits of substituting relatively high volumes of biomass in coal. Two scenarios for cofiring up to 20% biomass with coal (on a lower heating value basis) are presented; (1) woody biomass in central Alabama where Southern Pine is currently produced for the wood products and paper industries, and (2) purpose-grown switchgrass in the Ohio River Valley. These examples are representative of regions where renewable biomass growth rates are high in correspondence with major U.S. heartland power production. While these scenarios may provide a realistic reference for comparing the relative benefits of using a high volume of biomass for power production, this evaluation is not intended to be an analysis of policies concerning renewable portfolio standards or the optimal use of biomass for energy production in the U.S.
Keywords
  • Biomass
  • Cocombustion
  • Coal power plants
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Gases
  • Air pollution control
  • Benefits
  • Costs
  • Energy systems
  • Evaluation
  • Logistics
  • Paper industry
  • Policies
  • Wood products
Source Agency
  • Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category
  • 97K - Fuels
  • 97I - Electric Power Production
  • 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID.; Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 201503
Contract Number
  • DE-AC0576RL01830
  • DE-AC07-05ID14517
Logistics, Costs, and GHG Impacts of Utility-Scale Cofiring with 20 Percent Biomass.
Logistics, Costs, and GHG Impacts of Utility-Scale Cofiring with 20 Percent Biomass.
DE141156999

  • Biomass
  • Cocombustion
  • Coal power plants
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Gases
  • Air pollution control
  • Benefits
  • Costs
  • Energy systems
  • Evaluation
  • Logistics
  • Paper industry
  • Policies
  • Wood products
  • Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
  • 97K - Fuels
  • 97I - Electric Power Production
  • 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • DE-AC0576RL01830
  • DE-AC07-05ID14517
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