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Title: Sun Grant Initiative Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership Competitive Grants Program

Abstract

The Sun Grant Initiative partnered with the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008 to create the Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership Competitive Grants Program. The overall goal of this project was to utilize congressionally directed funds to leverage the North Central Regional Sun Grant’s Competitive Grant program at South Dakota State University (SDSU) to address key issues and research gaps related to development of the bioeconomy. Specific objectives of this program were to: 1. Identify research projects through a Regional Competitive Grants program that were relevant to the sustainable production, harvest, transport, delivery, and processing/conversion of cost-competitive, domestically grown biomass. 2. Build local expertise and capacity at the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center at SDSU through an internal selection of key bioenergy research projects. To achieve these, three nationwide Request for Applications (RFA) were developed: one each in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Internal, capacity building projects at SDSU were also selected during each one of these RFAs. In 2013 and 2015, two additional Proof of Concept RFAs were developed for internal SDSU projects. Priority areas for each RFA were 1) Biomass feedstock logistics including biomass harvesting, handling, transportation, storage, and densification; 2) Sustainable biomass feedstock production systems including biomassmore » crop development, production, and life-cycle analysis; 3) Biomass production systems that optimize biomass feedstock yield and economic return across a diverse landscape while minimizing negative effects on the environment and food/feed production; and 4) Promotion of knowledge-based economic development in science and technology and to advance commercialization of inventions that meet the mission of the Sun Grant Initiative. A total of 33 projects were selected for funding through this program. Final reports for each of these diverse projects are included in this summary report. Projects funded under this award have contributed significantly to and advanced the bioeconomy body of knowledge. Specifically, no fewer than 109 peer-reviewed publications, 2 patents, 4 invention disclosures, 5 book chapters, 30 conference papers, 224 professional presentations, 31 outreach publications, and 1 website have been generated. This contribution to the scientific community (peer-reviewed literature, presentations, etc.) and to the public (outreach publications, websites, etc.) has been significant. In addition, a number of projects funded through this award included significant industry involvement and support both in terms of funding (both in-kind and direct) and input. Key industry stakeholders included AGCO, Alliant Energy, Applied Nanofilms, Archer Daniels Midland, ConocoPhillips, DuPont-Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, EcoSun Prairie Farm, Federal Machine Co., Hawkeye Renewables, John Deere, Mendel, SD Innovation Partners, and Thermo-Ag.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. South Dakota State Univ., Brookings, SD (United States). North Central Regional Sun Grant Center
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
South Dakota State Univ., Brookings, SD (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
OSTI Identifier:
1389636
Report Number(s):
DE-FC36-08GO88073
DOE Contract Number:  
FG36-08GO88073
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Sun Grant; Bioenergy; Feedstocks; Biomass conversion

Citation Formats

Owens, Vance. Sun Grant Initiative Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership Competitive Grants Program. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1389636.
Owens, Vance. Sun Grant Initiative Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership Competitive Grants Program. United States. doi:10.2172/1389636.
Owens, Vance. Fri . "Sun Grant Initiative Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership Competitive Grants Program". United States. doi:10.2172/1389636. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1389636.
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