Sustainably harvested or waste biomass are important net-zero carbon energy resources...
Biomass Combustion is a new action under consideration by Cornell. Biomass Combustion is the utilization of renewable biomass resources (wood or non-food agricultural products) as a combustion source in existing solid-fuel boilers, replacing the coal once used at the Central Energy Plant (Cornell ended all coal combustion in March 2011.) In considering the adoption of Biomass Combustion, principal challenges include managing the transportation and material handling needs for biomass, which is a much less concentrated energy source than coal, and modifying the energy plant as necessary to maintain safe operations and clean emissions. There is also a parallel need to understand the social and environmental impacts of more intense biomass production At present, Cornell staff continues to track energy costs to assess whether biomass may become economically viable in coming years, as well work to identify potential biomass sources for the long term.