AUBURN UNIVERISTY – A two-week, tri-state road show highlighting the advances that a regional bioenergy research partnership in the Southeast has made in its first two years will wrap up Saturday, Oct. 12, in Auburn and will be set up at Ag Heritage Park from 9 a.m. to noon as part of this year’s Ag Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture.
The mobile tour, sponsored by the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems, or IBSS, features Auburn’s tractor-trailer-mounted mobile biomass gasifier converting wood chips and other plant-based materials into biofuels and energy. At Ag Roundup, the electricity generated from biomass will be used to power big-screen TVs.
AUBURN – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Auburn University a $4.9 million grant to develop new production systems to collect woody biomass from pine plantations for making bioenergy.
Auburn’s Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts will lead the project, “High Tonnage Forest Biomass Production Systems from Southern Pine Energy Plantations,” as part of a consortium that includes central Alabama company Corley Land Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and companies from the U.S. and Canada.
AUBURN – Auburn University will receive $14.4 million in federal stimulus funds for construction of a science, technology and commerce research facility, university officials announced today.
The competitive grant is from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. It will aid Auburn researchers working on standards, measurements and forecasting related to food safety, bioenergy technologies, aquaculture development and sustainability, and water and environmental quality.
AUBURN – An Alabama agricultural land-grant alliance of three Alabama universities has been awarded a USDA Grand Challenge Award for its proposal to help move the nation toward bioenergy.
Auburn University’s Natural Resources Management and Development Institute and its Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, in collaboration with Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University, submitted “Partnerships: The Pathway to a Vibrant Bioeconomy for Alabama” to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “25x’25 Alliance” competition. The USDA’s goal is to develop technology and plans that could help provide 25 percent of the country’s energy from renewable resources by the year 2025.