Masters Theses


"The use of biomass to fuel power plants is considered by many to be a carbon neutral solution to carbon dioxide emissions. One objection to this method of power generation is the gasoline or diesel spent in the transportation and feedstock production, which is a major contributor to carbon emission. In addition, costs associated with the transportation of the biomass fuels are also a major limiting. This work investigates the use of a hybrid farming facility as a means of distributed generation combined. A model that incorporates a small scale biomass power facility located within a farming facility is examined. By locating the power facility at the center of the facility and having the biomass crop fields surrounding the power plant, transportation costs for power generation are greatly reduced. In addition, the use of electric powered farm equipment for sowing seeds, harvesting, and fertilizer application reduces fossil fuel consumption to near zero. Powering these vehicles with the electrical energy from the power plant on site allows for a self-sufficient agricultural facility with near zero emissions."--Abstract, page iii.


Corns, Steven

Committee Member(s)

Homan, Kelly
Morrison, Glenn


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


United States. Army. Corps of Engineers


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2015


ix, 72 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-71).


© 2015 Baburaj Kanagarajan, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Biomass energy -- Technological innovations
Biomass energy -- Environmental aspects
Carbon dioxide mitigation
Electric power-plants -- Efficiency.

Thesis Number

T 10679

Electronic OCLC #