Michigan Technological University Sustainable Futures Institute
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931
Phone: 906.487.3612
Fax: 906.487.2943
e-mail: sfi@mtu.edu


Biomass Co-Firing for the Wolverine Clean Energy Venture

Principal Investigator: Robert Froese
Co-PIs: Dana Johnson, David Shonnard
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The Wolverine Power Cooperative, a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Cadillac, MI, is working with Wood To Wheels to conduct a feasibility study for the Wolverine Clean Energy Venture near Rogers City, Michigan.

The study confirmed the potential for homegrown biomass to reduce the use of fossil fuel while decreasing carbon dioxide emissions from the generation of electricity.  It is reported that if forest land were utilized to its full potential, Wolverine could count on sufficient fuel from residues to produce enough electricity to serve 75,000 homes. 

Based on the findings of the study, Wolverine partnered again with Froese to install trial plantings to help understand the optimum cultivation of energy crops.


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