The next chapter in UNC’s energy policy will be cleaner and less potent — and more expensive.
That chapter begins today when the University tests its ability to use wood by burning the 20 tons of wood pellets that arrived at the cogeneration plant Tuesday.
The wood pellets, made of compressed wood scraps, represent another step toward UNC’s goal of coal-free energy production by 2020. It was one of several options recommended by the Energy Task Force in April.
Coal vs. Wood
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“We’re pleased that the University has so quickly moved to implement one of the recommendations from the Energy Task Force,” said Tim Toben, local developer and task force chairman.
The pellets produce less energy than coal, giving off 8,100 Btu/lb. compared to coal’s 13,000 Btu/lb.