SUNY ESF, in partnership with NEWBio and NYSERDA, will offer a program on willow biomass for energy production and alternative applications. The short course will take place at the Gateway Center on SUNY ESF's campus, with an optional harvest demonstration on day two.
Information on topics and presenters
NEWBio is pleased to offer a limited number of distance education scholarships for the Spring 2015 offering of FOR 880: Bioenergy Feedstocks. The course is worth 3 credits. For more information about the course, visit Penn State's College of Ag Sciences eLearning page. The scholarship covers tuition and fees. Applications are due November 1, 2014. The application is available here.
Alternate Markets for Dedicated Grass Energy Crops: Fact Sheet, Research White Paper Available
NEWBio and Penn State Extension add a recently-published renewable and alternative energy fact sheet to a growing library supporting biomass and bioenergy markets. As the market develops for commercial energy production, biomass growers look for additional non-energy market opportunities for their crops. The fact sheet discusses animal bedding, absorbent material, compost and mulch, and fiber, fill, packaging and biomaterial markets.
Additional investigation into market opportunities was conducted by Penn State Smeal College of Business researchers Kusumal Ruamsook and Evelyn Thomchick, with the Center for Supply Chain Research. Their results were presented as part of a May 2014 NEWBio Bioenergy Short Course and summarized in Market Opportunities for Lignocellulosic Biomass. The background paper is available upon request (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bioeconomy Tool Shed Added to USDA Energy Web
The USDA broadly defines bioeconomy to include renewable energy (fuels, heat and power) and biobased products. Interactive tools will help users and stakeholders identify at National, state and county levels the logistics, enviromental linkages, and economic linkages across feedstock production. The Biorefinery Stakeholder Information System is the first tool to populate the website, to assist in the evaluation process when locating a biorefinery. Public officials, investors or lenders, and farmers and landowners are provided separate sections that offer an overview of data and relevant information, with mapping and estimated crop production value calculators.
Switchgrass Budget for Bioenergy Production Published
NEWBio adds an enterprise switchgrass budget and costing estimator spreadsheet to its growing library of tools to assist and inform landowners and farmers considering growing biomass crops. The fact sheet provides a detailed example budget and describes site preparation, soil amendments, planting, weed control, maintenance and harvesting costs. Both the budget and the costing estimator are available here.
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