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Biomass co-firing pilot at Abbott Power Plant (Completed)

Recent Project Updates

  • 12/13/2012

    The central question posed to Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is as follows: what would be the economic impact of replacing 10% of the university’s coal intake with wood chips?  After extensive research, analysis, and calculation it is the opin

  • 12/11/2012

    In 2012, F&S hired Illinois Business Consulting to evaluate the following question for Abbott Power Plant: "Can the overall carbon footprint be decreased by using 10% of biomass in place of 10% of coal?"  The report and executive summary are a

Key Objective


Plans are progressing to add a new energy source at Abbott Power Plant – biomass fuel made from plants – following the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 2012 decision to grant a test-fire permit.

The idea involves using a biomass material, made from wood or miscanthus grass for example, which then would be added to the coal. The mixture could contain anywhere from 10-20 percent biomass fuel, though the tests will determine the proper mixture and whether the process presents any dangers during the combustion process.

 “We’re not sure if it’s going to be a viable solution at Abbott,” said Blacker, “but we’re interested to see the results of the test-firing.”

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Andy Blacker

    Project Leader:

    Mike Larson


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