CenUSA Extension and Outreach: Perennial Grass Bioenergy Research and Knowhow for Producers, Students and Stakeholders

Bioenergy research is translated into practical know-how by extension educators, farmers and Master Gardeners.

 

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The CenUSA Extension and Outreach Team

On the streets, in the fields, and online, the CenUSA Extension and Outreach Team collaborators deliver programming …

CenUSA Feedstock Conversion, Refining and Co-Products

Thermochemical processes convert biomass to liquid bio-fuel and produce biochar, a valuable co-product for soil quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Team Objectives

The work of CenUSA’s Feedstock Conversion and Refining Team begins after the perennial-grass feedstock leaves the farmgate. What to do with the raw …

Recent Publications About Biochar

 

There is a lot of interest in biochar as a soil amendment and for its potential role in sequestering carbon to ameliorate the effects of climate change. CenUSA is evaluating biochar impacts on farm and garden crops production. Research is active and ongoing, and this list of recommended readings provides links to publications about different aspects of biochar production and use. 

 

Please note that most of these links go to abstracts  provided by professional journals; many of the full articles

Resources from CenUSA – Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA

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CenUSA Bioenergy is a coordinated research and education effort investigating the creation of a regional system in the Central US for producing advanced transportation fuels from perennial grasses on land that is either unsuitable or marginal for row crop production. In addition to producing advanced biofuels, the proposed system will improve the sustainability of existing cropping systems by reducing agricultural runoff of nutrients in soil and increasing carbon sequestration.…

Biochar: Prospects of Commercialization

Learn all about biochar–what it is, and how it benefits soils and the climate by sequestering carbon.

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What is Biochar?

Biochar is charred …

Resources from NEWBio: The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium

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    The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of universities, businesses, and governmental organizations dedicated to building robust, scalable, and sustainable value chains for biomass energy in the Northeast. Driven by the broad societal benefits that sustainable bioenergy value chains could provide, NEWBio aims to overcome existing barriers and dramatically increase the sustainable, cost-effective supply of lignocellulosic biomass while reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing ecosystem services, and building vibrant communities.

     

     

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    Research Summary: Biochar Can Improve the Sustainability of Stover Removal for Bioenergy

    By returning biochar created by fast pyrolysis to the soil, more stover residue can be harvested for bioenergy without degrading soil quality or hurting crop yields in the long run.

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    Research Activities

    Biochar being incorporated by tillage.

    Photo: David Laird, Iowa State University.

    David Laird, professor of agronomy at Iowa University, hypothesized …