Midwest vision for sustainable fuel production

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2014-01-01
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Moore, Kenneth
Birrell, Stuart
Brown, Robert
Caster, Michael
Euken, Jill
Hanna, H. Mark
Hayes, Dermot
Hill, Jason
Jacobs, Keri
Kling, Catherine
Laird, David
Mitchell, Robert
Murphy, Patrick
Raman, D. Raj
Schwab, Charles
Shinners, Kevin
Vogel, Kenneth
Volenic, Jeffrey
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This article charts the progress of CenUSA Bioenergy, a USDA-NIFA-AFRI coordinated agricultural project focused on the North Central region of the US. CenUSA’s vision is to develop a regional system for producing fuels and other products from perennial grass crops grown on marginally productive land or land that is otherwise unsuitable for annual cropping. This article focuses on contributions CenUSA has made to nine primary systems needed to make this vision a reality: feedstock improvement; feedstock production on marginal land; feedstock logistics; modeling system performance; feedstock conversion into biofuels and other products; marketing; health and safety; education, and outreach. The final section, Future Perspectives, sets forth a roadmap of additional research, technology development and education required to realize commercialization.

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This article was published in Biofuels 5 (2014): 687–702, doi:10.1080/17597269.2015.1015312.

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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioeconomy Institute
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