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Northwest Missouri State University


Key Points

  • Have used wood chips since 1982, paper pellets since 1993 and animal waste pellets since 2001
  • Heat and cool over 2,300,000 sq. ft. of campus space serving 6,600 students
  • Currently, 80-85 percent of thermal energy needs come from alternative fuels (wood chips, paper pellets and animal waste pellets)
  • Received state and national recognition
  • Retained dollars in the local and regional economy
  • Demonstrated to the region that environmentally-friendly alternatives can be found
  • In 1993 started a campus-wide comprehensive recycling program and worked with regional partners to establish five-county recycling
    • In 2006-07 355.39 tons of clean paper/corrugated paper from the campus and 1,471.41 tons from the community for a total of 1,826.70 tons pelletized; roughly 2.5 tons of plastic were recycled
  • Served as a laboratory for researching other sources of energy such as pelletized farm animal waste
  • Acquired a United States patent for the "animal waste to energy production" process
  • Research in the Graduate Applied Research Center (Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship) will study future alternative energy options such as:
    • Evaluating the benefits of establishing a small scale electrical generation capability utilizing bio-fuels as a source of energy to power a steam or turbine driven generator
    • Investigating digestion technology to use organic materials (including fast food industry waste) to produce methane, carbon dioxide and other valuable products
    • Exploring other alternative fuel sources and systems for potential use on campus