UK Lands $1.6 Million Grant For Rural Biomass Power Generation Partnership

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has received a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop an innovative partnership in Hazard, Kentucky, that could serve as a model for future energy projects in rural Eastern Kentucky communities. The project, which is titled Gasification Combined Heat and Power from […]

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has received a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop an innovative partnership in Hazard, Kentucky, that could serve as a model for future energy projects in rural Eastern Kentucky communities.

The project, which is titled Gasification Combined Heat and Power from Coal Fines, involves recycling two Eastern Kentucky products — sawdust and coal fines — to help create localized power generation in Perry County. It is funded primarily by the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, with funding for 20 percent of the project provided by the UK Research Foundation, Arq Coal Technologies LLC, and Beijing Baota Sanju Energy Science and Technology Co. Ltd.

“This project could be a first step to a Midwest regional partnership for research, development and deployment of energy-related innovation,” said Kunlei Liu, the project’s principal investigator and associate director at CAER. “This type of project, involving many partners across Kentucky and beyond, shows great promise for testing and demonstrating new energy technology.”

The grant will allow CAER and its community partners to complete a front end engineering design (FEED) study for a 5-megawatt electric equivalent polygenerating unit utilizing waste coal fines and biomass as feedstocks.

CAER will partner with several Hazard-based businesses on the project, including the Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance. CAER will use biomass (sawdust) from Gay Brothers Lumber and waste coal fines from Blackhawk Mining. The model location will be located at the Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park in Hazard.

From Smiley Pete Publishing: http://smileypete.com/business/uk-grant/

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