Biomass is any plant-derived organic matter available on a renewable basis, including dedicated energy crops and trees, agricultural food and feed crops, agricultural crop wastes and residues, wood wastes and residues, aquatic plants, animal wastes, municipal wastes, and other waste materials. Biomass Heating R&D and Biomass Resources are NYSERDA programs designed to support the state's biomass energy initiatives.

Biomass Heating R&D Program

NYSERDA’s Environmental R&D and Building R&D programs jointly developed the Biomass Heating R&D program to develop high efficiency, low emission biomass heating technologies in New York state.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Evaluate the energy-efficiency and emissions performance of a wide range of conventional and advanced biomass-fired heating technologies
  • Evaluate the energy, moisture, and chemical composition of biomass fuel feed stocks
  • Develop advanced boiler technologies by supporting R&D and commercialization efforts with New York manufacturers
  • Demonstrate advanced technologies in representative applications
  • Provide objective, scientific information for the development of high-efficiency and low-emission biomass heating initiatives in New York State

More information on this program is available from:

Biomass Heating R&D Program Project Contacts

Biomass Resources Program

NYSERDA's Biomass Resources Program funds research on transportation biofuels and other bioproducts, as well as biomass feedstock supply issues. The latest solicitation for this program, PON 1195 [PDF], is closed. The program serves a variety of goals in the areas of:

  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Bioremediation
  • Fermentation
  • Enzymes
  • Improving woody crops for the agricultural sector
  • Scale-up of fast-growing willow plantations

Additional NYSERDA Biomass Resources

Last Updated: 06/27/2014
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How To Participate

Currently there are no active solicitations.

Participation details will be outlined when a new solicitation is available.

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Who Can Participate

Participation will be open to the public. Research projects are competitively awarded based upon the merit of proposals.

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Who To Contact

Ellen Burkhard
Senior Project Manager
518-862-1090, Ext. 3332

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