Country

USA

Date

22/07/2013

Entity

USDA

Product

Biofuels

Category

R&D

Summary

USDA awards Pensylnania State University a grant to develop biofuel supply chains in the Northeast

USDA awarded Pennsylvania State University a five-year research grant of about $10 million to develop biomass supply chains for the production of liquid transportation and aviation biofuels in the Northeast. This is the sixth such award made through USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America's dependence on foreign oil (in September 2011, five major AFRI grants were awarded for the formation of five regional systems in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest, Northern states, Southern states, and the Southeast, valued at $136 million).

The NEWBio Consortium will focus on the non-food biomass sources of willow, miscanthus and switchgrass, which can be grown on former strip mines and marginal floodplains. Through an integrated research, education and Extension approach, the consortium will address the entire biofuel production spectrum, including crop genetic development, harvesting, storage and processing techniques and sustainable production systems. The biomass research will develop sustainable production practices to improve yield by 25 percent and reduce costs by 20 percent.

USDA press release

Short Description

USDA awards Pensylnania State University a grant to develop biofuel supply chains in the Northeast

Links

Link

Attachments

Created at 25/07/2013 9:43 AM by NOVELLI, Philippe
Last modified at 25/07/2013 9:50 AM by NOVELLI, Philippe