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About our Webinars

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for our "Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series". These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature fascinating and important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

Attend the live webinars at https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy - sign in as a guest.

All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

 

Upcoming Webinar


February 14, 2017, 1pm Eastern Time

Improving Switchgrass for Marginal Land Growth and Disease Tolerance

Dr. Lindsey Hoffman, Rutgers University

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a warm-season, perennial grass that is native to most of North America and has been identified as a viable alternative to corn (Zea mays L.) for the production of cellulosic ethanol.  Research is needed to develop high yielding cultivars suited for growth on marginal lands not suitable for agronomic crop production and to understand the impact diseases (such as anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum navitas) have on growth and development.  This webinar will highlight research conducted through NEWBio-supported efforts at Rutgers and Cornell University and will focus on two studies:  (i) evaluation of switchgrass lines on a reclaimed mine land and (ii) determination of the effects of anthracnose on biomass yield.  The presentation will be given by Dr. Lindsey Hoffman1 but covers work done by additional contributing authors, including Dr. Stacy Bonos1, Dr. Julie L. Hansen2, Jamie L. Crawford2, Ryan V. Crawford2, Dr. Don Viands2, and Dr. Marvin Hall3 (1Rutgers University, 2Cornell University, 3Penn State University).

 

March 14, 2017, 1pm Eastern Time

Biomass harvest and logistics: Siting and supply chain optimization

Jingxin Wang, Professor of Wood Science and Technology, West Virginia University; Damon Hartley, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory

We will discuss the configurations of multiple feedstock supply chains in the Northeast. A modelling process will then be discussed to optimize the mixed feedstock supply chains targeting at reducing the existing biomass harvesting and delivery costs. Biomass production and utilization will be analyzed under alternative supply chain scenarios to identify and quantify the economic and environmental impacts.

 

April 11, 2017, 1pm Eastern Time

Handling Fire Risk in Biomass Operations

Doug Schaufler, Penn State University

Description to come!

 

May 9, 2017, 1pm Eastern Time

Ecosystem service payments for switchgrass production could improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay

Peter B. Woodbury, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University

Producing perennial bioenergy feedstocks like switchgrass can provide ecosystem service benefits in addition to bioenergy production. If paid for, such services could increase the financial return to growers and increase investments in bioenergy. This is particularly important when low fossil fuel prices put downward pressure on alternative energy sources, including bioenergy. Therefore, we estimated the benefits, costs, and potential for replacing some corn production with switchgrass to meet required nitrogen (N) loading reduction targets for the Chesapeake Bay watershed (CBW). We estimated the break-even price of switchgrass to provide the same profit as corn is 111 $ Mg-1. Growers replacing corn with switchgrass could potentially receive an ecosystem service payment of 148 $ ha-1 based on the price paid in Maryland for another N reduction practice (a rye cover crop). Based on our estimate of the N reduction benefit of switchgrass, this equals 24 $ Mg-1 of switchgrass produced. Using the POLYSYS model to account for competition among food, feed, and biomass markets, we found that 11% of the basin-wide N loading reduction target could be met while also producing 1.3 Tg of switchgrass, potentially yielding 420 million L y-1 of ethanol.

 

Recordings of Previous Webinars

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Upcoming Events

  • January 27 and February 17, 2017
    Northern Tier Hardwood Association Wood Energy Workshops
    Wayne Conservation District Park Street Complex
    Honesdale, PA (Jan. 27)
    Morrisdale, PA (Feb. 17)
    More information
  • February 14, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Improving Switchgrass for Marginal Land Growth and Disease Tolerance
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • February 17, 2017
    Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Businesses and Communities
    West Branch School District
    Morrisdale, PA
    More information
  • March 14, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Biomass harvest and logistics: Siting and supply chain optimization
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • April 5-6, 2017
    Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
    New Short Course!
    State College, PA
    Details forthcoming
  • April 11, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Handling Fire Risk in Biomass Operations
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • May 9, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Ecosystem service payments for switchgrass production could improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • July 11-12, 2017
    BETO: Bioeconomy 2017-Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future
    Sheraton Pentagon City
    Arlington, VA
    More information
  • September 12-13-14, 2017
    Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy
    NEWBio will partner with MABEx for this comprehensive biomass conference.
    The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
    State College, PA
    Registration and Program available now.
    http://www.mabex.org/

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from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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