Advocates for so-called "BioCoal" see it as a supplement for coal energy production, not a replacement.As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star:
"Nebraska’s known for its golden corn, cattle and wide-open spaces.
But take a drive across the state and you’ll also see fields of spent cornstalks in the fall, piles of cow manure and Eastern red cedar creeping into grassland.
Enginuity Worldwide, a company out of Mexico, Missouri, wants to turn that agricultural waste into a product it’s calling BioCoal, which it says looks and burns just like regular coal and could help reduce the carbon footprint of coal-fired electricity.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality last month announced it awarded Enginuity Worldwide a $250,525 grant to explore the feasibility of producing the biomass fuel from the state’s agricultural waste.
One of the difficulties inherent in reducing the carbon emissions of Nebraska’s electricity is that the state’s utilities already are massively invested in existing generation infrastructure, the vast majority of which is fueled by coal.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports 61.5 percent of the state’s power was coal generated last year.
Instead of scrapping existing power plants to reduce carbon, utilities can replace a percent of the coal they burn with carbon neutral BioCoal, said Enginuity Worldwide President Nancy Heimann during a recent interview."
Read the complete article in the Lincoln Journal Star.