Woody biomass is already available in abundance in Maryland but, the use of this renewable fuel source for energy, as an alternative to fossil fuels, has not been widely adopted. Best management practices of ‘right-sizing’ designs for modern current and evolving technologies allow for this type of energy solution to be cost-effective and meet air quality standards.
This session offers a high-level synopsis of various wood energy applications and diverse uses: industrial processing, university campuses, hospitals, schools, and part-year heating.
By the end of the session participants will have answers to certain questions related to the potential operation of woody biomass-fed thermal energy systems, including:
• Is the feedstock readily available and affordable?
• What are right-sized model systems for various applications?
• How does the technology of related systems meet or exceed Maryland air and water quality requirements for permitting?
• Is access to resources and training for workers available?
• What measures are in place to ensure the use of the system is sustainable?
Kyla Cheynet - Sustainability Manager, Drax Biomass
Matt Hafner - Lead Engineer, Chemical Unit, Air Quality Permits Program, MD Dept. of the Environment
Ben Larson - Director of Sustainability, Enviva
Lew McCreery - Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service
Forest Stewardship & Utilization Program Manager, MD Dept. of Natural Resources
Dan Wilson - Vice President, Wilson Engineering Services, PC
Session Moderator: I. Katherine Magruder - Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center
This program is offered in association with the Spurring Fossil Free- Biomass initiative, brought to you by the Maryland Forestry Foundation and Maryland Clean Energy Center in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Sustainable Forestry Council, with funding from the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund.