Eastern Illinois University And Honeywell Fire Up New Biomass-Fueled Steam Plant

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Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today unveiled the school’s Renewable Energy Center (REC), one of the largest university biomass installations in the country, as part of a grand opening ceremony held on campus for students, faculty and the broader Charleston community.

The REC is a 19,000-square-foot steam plant that will provide heat for buildings and classrooms across the university grounds. It is driven by two large biomass gasifiers – the first application of this technology in Illinois and the surrounding region – that use wood chips from forest residue for fuel. By switching to a renewable energy source, EIU will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 20,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to removing more than 3,600 cars from the road, according to figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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