The MU power plant’s new wood-burning boiler, supplied by Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc., is a bubbling fluidized bed boiler similar to the one depicted below. The boiler converts wood chips to energy through the process described below, providing nearly a quarter of MU’s energy.
*the fonts are a little distorted in this image – click on the image to see the original on the Missourian website
This was one of the more challenging projects I’ve worked on as a journalist. The biomass boiler used at the Mizzou power plant is a complex machine, and as someone with no prior knowledge of energy production, it was difficult for me to understand. One advantage, though, of not having a clue what I was doing – once I got it, it was easy to make understandable.