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Energy Farm

4110 South Race Street
61802 Urbana , IL
United States
Illinois

Projects at this location

Project Description
Geothermal at the Energy Farm

Campus is exploring options for retrofitting Energy Farm with Deep Direct Use (DDU) geothermal energy.

CornCrete

In April 2017 three faculty members received $14,522 from the University Research Board to conduct preliminary investigations surrounding

Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities
Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are:

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)

The IDEAS program - short for Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science - provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore pioneering new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology.

Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)

The Office of Land and Emergency Management provides policy, guidance and direction for the Agency's emergency response and waste programs

Opportunities for funding may be found under the following programs within The Catalog of Federal Assistance (CFDA) 

Biomass Research and Development Initiative Competitive Grants Program (BRDI)

The program aims to carry out research on and development and demonstration of:

  1. biofuels and biobased products
  2. the methods, practices, and technologies, for the production of biofuels and biobased products
Environmental Engineering

The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery.

Environmental Sustainability

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems.

Bioenergy Technologies Office

This office establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids).

Geothermal Technologies Office

This office supports groups that research, develop, and validate innovative and cost-competitive technologies and tools to locate, access, and develop geothermal resources in the United States.

Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge

The Sustainable Bioenergy challenge area focuses on the societal challenge to secure America's energy future. The challenge hopes to implement regional systems that materially deliver liquid transportation biofuels and reduce national dependence on foreign oil while also producing biopower and biobased products. 

Geothermal Test Well at Energy Farm

The main objective is to provide comprehensive scientific data and analysis to help our community on evaluating the potential of using ground source heat pump system in a large scale as part of campus green energy policy. 

Biomass Boiler at the Energy Farm

For many years, the UI has grown significant quantities of biomass plant products at the Energy Farm on South Farms. There have been a few preliminary attempts to identify a post-research use for this material, including the cancelled Vet Med Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project and a study of the compatibility with existing boilers at Abbott Power Plant.  Meanwhile the biomass material continues to be stockpiled at the Energy Farm. This project is looking to convert the existing (and future) biomass from the Energy Farm into power for the on-site Energy Farm facility.