Wood energy has a proven track record in Virginia, where Longwood University has been using sawdust to provide heat and hot water for their campus for over 30 years!  The Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER) Southern Bioeconomy Case Study tells the story of Bioenergy at Longwood University.

Longwood University’s biomass boilers are housed in a new eleven-thousand square foot replacement facility completed in 2011 (press release).  Longwood’s Biomass Heating Plant webpage provides details about the plant and their biomass processing facility.  A short, educational, 3D animated YouTube video, has been developed by QA Graphics, that shows the  biomass supply system and thier new heating plant:

 

For additional information on wood energy use in Virginia and the history of biomass at Longwood University, see Biomass Energy in Virginia, a short presentation developed by Richard Bratcher, Longwood Universities’s Vice President of Facilities Management & Real Property Management.

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