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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Dedicated energy crop production in Tennessee
Year: 2010
Author(s): Jackson, S.
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Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 66
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Abstract: Working with partners at Genera Energy LLC, the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Biofuels Initiative is developing a farm-to-fuel business plan supported by the State of Tennessee, the UT Institute of Agriculture, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers. Tennessee has made a commitment to lead the transition to an advanced biofuels economy by supporting the development of a dedicated bioenergy crop supply chain and the construction of a 250,000-gallon-per-year demonstration cellulosic ethanol facility, which is now operational with partners at Genera Energy and Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol. UT and Genera are establishing a dedicated energy crop (switchgrass) supply chain to demonstrate and improve biomass-to-energy technologies and ultimately commercialize the technology across the state. We work with local farmers to develop switchgrass production and provide one-on-one technical assistance through UT Extension and wide-ranging research related to all aspects of the feedstock supply chain. This research focuses on improving efficiencies and reducing costs in production, harvesting, storing, transporting, and preprocessing switchgrass feedstock. Approximately 5,100 acres of switchgrass have been planted under the Biofuels Initiative’s incentive program. Genera is also currently constructing the Tennessee Biomass Innovation Park to showcase processing, handling, storage, and conversion of a variety of cellulosic feedstocks. The development of the bioenergy feedstock supply chain, from biomass to fuels and products, will have a significant impact on the energy future of the state and nation. The work in Tennessee seeks to provide a viable path to a sustainable, biomass-based future for rural economies and the nation.
Publisher: Proceedings of the Seventh Eastern Native Grass Symposium. Knoxville, TN, October 5-8, 2010
Editor(s): C. Harper