Projects list

A variety of biomass? supply-related projects are currently underway in Wisconsin. Find out more about commercial-scale industry, university-led research, farmer-led biomass production and harvest demonstrations, and community-based bioenergy forums.

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815 W. maple St., Stanley, WI 54768

Corn grain ethanol refinery; first large scale? ethanol plant in Wisconsin, began in June, 2002

Cassville, WI

Biomass? power plant operated by DTE Energy Services is producing 40mw by burning wood waste, and all of the power is being purchased by Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse, WI

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Grassland bird use of warm season conservation reserve program fields in Southwestern Wisconsin; investigators: Carolyn Schmitz, David Sample, Christine Ribic, Daniel Snyder and John Dadisman.

820 W. 17th St., Monroe, WI 53566

40 million gallon; dry mill; corn grain ethanol

N. 9585 State Road 80, Necedah, WI 54646

50 million gallon; corn grain ethanol

Madison, WI

This project intends to replace the existing coal boilers with natural gas and biomass? fuel through installation of a new 350,000 lb/hr boiler capable of burning 100% biomass. The project will also include 2 new gas fired boilers to replace the coal burning units #1-4, along with necessary upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and control systems. In addition, the fuel handling system will be re-configured to handle biomass fuels, which the project expects to eventually reach approximately 250,000 tons/year. The plant will be upgraded in phases with the system targeted to accept biomass fuels by late 2013.

N 7088 S. Hwy. 146, Cambria, WI 53923

Dry corn milling and ethanol production

Sun Prairie, WI

This narrowly defined pilot, conducted by Jamie Derr (Derr Solarmass LLC) and partners, evaluates the production volume, sustainability, economics and feasibility of road shoulder biomass? harvesting. This pilot also helps WisDOT explore costs and benefits (i.e. reduced maintenance costs and carbon) to the agency, whether a future expanded pilot program should be done and if so, how and under what constraints. Safety and environmental protection will be a top priority.

Arlington, WI

Researchers within the Great Lakes Bioenergy? Research Center & UW-Madison are seeking novel bioenergy cropping systems that support sustainability goals. In this long-term experiment researchers are examining the yield and environmental performance of corn, soybeans, canola, switchgrass?, Miscanthus?, native grass mixes, native prairie, and old field growth.

Randy Jackson, UW Agronomy,; Gregg Sanford, UW Agronomy,

Evansville, WI

Agrecol Corporation, producer of native seeds for conservation and restoration projects in the Midwest, installed a biomass? boiler in 2004 and heat their Evansville seed cleaning facility with pellets from seed waste from their operations. They are also developing a native biomass pellet stove specifically for residential and commercial heating markets. ;

Green Bay, WI

The project objective is to evaluate economic & environmental outcomes of converting poorly drained, marginal agricultural areas into perennial, biomass? yielding grasslands? for electricity and heat generation in Wisconsin. We argue that the establishment of biomass production systems should target low-lying locations to maximize profitability, C-sequestration, and water quality benefits. Our targeted approach may also benefit from shared interest and cost-sharing with existing USDA/NRCS conservation programs, as well as potential phosphorus trading opportunities between point sources and agricultural sources within the Fox-Wolf basin.

Matthew Dornbush, Dept. of Natural & Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin Green Bay,;

960 E. Nebraska St., Muscoda, WI 53573

Uses waste wood chips from local mill to heat and power their facilities.

Platteville, WI

This project provides information about how management practices associated with switchgrass? production affect key ecosystem services? such as carbon sequestration, soil stability, and nutrient loss. Preliminary data indicate that weed management during establishment and proper fertilization could enhance biomass? yields, particularly in two- to three-years after sowing.

Mark Renz, UW Agronomy,; Randy Jackson, UW Agronomy; Matt Ruark UW Soil Science,; Jessica Miesel, UW Agronomy,; Steve Bertjens, Southwest Badger RC&D,

Beaver Dam, WI 53916

50 million gallons corn grain ethanol

4995 State Road 91, Oshkosh, WI 54904

52 million gallons corn grain ethanol

N10185 370th St., Boyceville, WI 54725

45 million gallons corn grain ethanol

Ashland, WI

Located on the south shore of Lake Superior, this plant operates by burning wood, coal and limited amounts of shredded tires. With a capacity of 73 mw, this plant has burned 4 million tons of non-coal products since 1979.

Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

Contact Us:


Carol Williams
(608) 890-3858 (office)
(515) 520-7494 (mobile)
Department of Agronomy
1575 Linden Dr.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

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Grassland buffers protect Wisconsin’s waterways from excess nutrient runoff from agriculture. Photo: Anonymous.