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Wind Turbine Harnesses Energy

November 30th, 2012

MU has won national and international awards for innovations in energy management in it’s efforts to reduce campus energy consumption by 14 percent per square foot and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent per square foot over the past 20 years. A wind turbine has now been constructed on the MU campus along with a biomass boiler capable of burning fuel from sustainable Missouri sources such as waste wood and prairie grasses installed by the MU Power Plant. All fall under the efforts of Sustainable Energy.

Story by Mizzou Wire

Mizzou is plugged in.

Faculty and students at the University of Missouri engage in energy research, education, service, commercialization and policy development to improve lives in Missouri and around the world.

During the past 20 years, Mizzou has reduced campus energy consumption by 14 percent per square foot and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent per square foot. The university has won national and international awards for innovations in energy management, including anEnergy Star CHP Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for significant pollution reduction and energy efficiency.

This fall a wind turbine has been constructed on the MU campus, the MU Power Plant has installed a biomass boiler capable of burning fuel from sustainable Missouri sources such as waste wood and prairie grasses, and Mizzou professor Shibu Jose’s team of researchers has received a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how biofuel crops such as sorghum and switchgrass can be converted into liquid fuel. More…