Veolia/Trigen, a district energy provider, contracted Burns & McDonnell to perform a feasibility study evaluating the installation of a biomass boiler for its Kansas City facility. This project is part of a series of federal government-driven sustainability initiatives the company is implementing to reduce coal consumption by generating plant steam and electricity via renewable fuel alternatives like biomass.
The proposed biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) plant will generate 250,000 pounds/hour of steam and 4.6 megawatts of electricity to support the district steam system servicing the Kansas City metropolitan area and the operational needs of National Starch, a Veolia/Trigen customer.
The available biomass fuels consist of materials supplied by the North Kansas City National Starch production complex and other biomass fuels purchased from surrounding regional markets. The overall objective of this study is to allow both Veolia/Trigen and National Starch to determine the technical and economical feasibility of such an operation.
The scope of the study included evaluating boiler system technologies, determining availability of biomass fuel sources, economic analysis of installation and operating costs, and environmental permitting considerations.
In order to comply with the Department of Energy’s funding requirements and overall project timeline, this venture required quick action and an aggressive project activity schedule.
- Feasibility study
- Technology evaluations
- Fuel source assessments
- Economic analysis
- Environmental permitting