Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Improving the Efficiency & Capability of Biomass Processing & Co-firing Tech for Renewable Power(ST8990-1)

NRG Development Company, Inc.


As part of the Salix Consortium, NYSERDA has long had a relationship with the NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) facility in Dunkirk that was retrofitted to burn 10 MW of wood along with 600 MW of coal. NRG and subcontractor Antares Group, Inc. developed specialized skills while involved in the previous effort.

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Project Description

NRG proposed to complete the engineering work, biomass supply logistics, and economic analysis work to convert a unit at its Dunkirk power station from a demonstration to a permanent commercial operation. The demonstration unit can burn 12 tons of biomass per hour. Previous testing revealed that the facility could produce up to 12 MW of power.


Commercial operations would result in 8-10 MW of biomass capacity at the plant. Replacing coal with biomass could reduce carbon dioxide up to 10%, sulfur dioxide up to 10% and nitrogen oxide emissions up to 5% for that unit. NRG has identified up to 1000 MWe at other facilities that could be retrofitted in like fashion, including a sister unit at the same facility.

Project Results

Specific objectives included: 1) fully automating fuel processing, 2) developing the supply infrastructure, 3) analyzing logistics and finances, and 4) upgrading and integrating controls. The results were positive.


NRG Development Company, Inc.
211 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540

Principle Investigator


Universities Involved

SUNY College of Environmental Science an


Project Type:

Indigenous/Renewable Energy Resources

Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Judy Jarnefeld


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST8990-1

Last Updated: 11/18/2010