DOE Announces New Funding For Bioenergy Research
On December 4, 2014, the S.
Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will provide up to $7 million for two bioenergy
projects that aim to reduce the cost of delivering biomass feedstocks to
biorefineries. The College of Environmental Science and Forestry at
the State University of New York administers one of the projects and focuses on
reducing the cost of woody crops while improving harvest and preprocessing
operations to meet biorefinery specifications. The second project, out of the
University of Tennessee, will develop a biomass processing depot that blends
multiple biomass sources in order to reduce variation in biomass used by
biorefineries. This study could lead to increased feedstock availability due to
blending of the different biomass sources.