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Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential In New Jersey

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The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities commissioned the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) to conduct an assessment of NJ’s biomass and the potential for bioenergy* production.  As a result, Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential in New Jersey (PDF) was published.  The Rutgers EcoComplex updated the report to reflect the ongoing changes in the biomass feedstock supply as well as the technologies used to produce bioenergy.

In this report you will find:

  • Updated Feedstock Assessment -  characteristics and quantity of biomass feedstocks.
  • Updated Technology Assessment – updated efficiencies and technology adoption information.
  • Updated statewide mapping of waste/biomass resources and bioenergy potential.
  • Estimated potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions based on scenarios (a new section).
  • Policy recommendations for moving New Jersey into the forefront of bioenergy innovation.

Bioenergy Calculator

The Bioenergy Calculator (1MB Excel File), an interactive biomass resource database, was updated with more current biomass and conversion technology information that estimates potential biopower and biofuel generation from current and projected biomass feedstocks in New Jersey, through 2025.

The purpose of this report is to create a strong foundation of information for developing a bio-based renewable energy industry in the state. Recommended next steps include the establishment of an effective institutional, regulatory and feedstock supply infrastructure, as well as comprehensive strategic and tactical industry development plans.

*Bioenergy is a broad definition for biologically-derived renewable materials that can be used to produce heat, electric power, transportation fuels and bio-based intermediaries, products and chemicals.

For More Information

Project Director

Margaret Brennan, Ph.D., Associate Director
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
88 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
Phone: 848-932-3776
Fax: 732-932-4176


Project Co-Director

Serpil Guran, Ph.D., Director
Rutgers EcoComplex - Clean Energy Innovation Center
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd.
Bordentown, NJ 08505-4200
Phone: 609-360-0106
Fax:  609-499-3647