Overview of the Chariton Valley switchgrass project: A part of the biomass power for rural development initiative

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Investigation of renewable energy in Iowa is centering on the use of agricultural crops to generate electricity. Switchgrass, a native grass of Iowa, is one of the most promising biomass producers. Chariton Valley RC and D Inc., a USDA affiliated rural development organization based in southern Iowa and Alliant Power, a major Iowa energy company, are leading a statewide coalition of public and private interests to develop a sustainable biomass industry. Chariton Valley RC and D is working with local producers and the agricultural professionals to develop a biomass supply infrastructure. Alliant Power is working to develop the technology to ... continued below

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Cooper, J.; Braster, M. & Woolsey, E. December 31, 1998.

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  • Cooper, J.
  • Braster, M. Chariton Valley Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., Centerville, IA (United States)
  • Woolsey, E. E.L. Woolsey and Associates, Prole, IA (United States)

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Investigation of renewable energy in Iowa is centering on the use of agricultural crops to generate electricity. Switchgrass, a native grass of Iowa, is one of the most promising biomass producers. Chariton Valley RC and D Inc., a USDA affiliated rural development organization based in southern Iowa and Alliant Power, a major Iowa energy company, are leading a statewide coalition of public and private interests to develop a sustainable biomass industry. Chariton Valley RC and D is working with local producers and the agricultural professionals to develop a biomass supply infrastructure. Alliant Power is working to develop the technology to convert agricultural crops to energy to serve as the basis for sustainable commercial energy production. Iowa State University and others are assessing the long-term potential of gasification for converting switchgrass to energy. Plans call for modifications to a 750 MW Alliant Power coal plant that will allow switchgrass to be co-fired with coal. A 5% co-fire rate would produce 35 MW of electrical power production and require 50,000 acres of dedicated biomass supply in southern Iowa. Growing biomass crops on erosive lands, then using them as a substitute fuel in coal-fired boilers can potentially reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion and water pollution.

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  • BioEnergy `98 conference, Madison, WI (United States), 4-9 Oct 1998

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  • Report No.: CONF-981015--1
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Cooper, J.; Braster, M. & Woolsey, E. Overview of the Chariton Valley switchgrass project: A part of the biomass power for rural development initiative, article, December 31, 1998; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc684536/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.