USDA Biofuel Projects

A National Approach to Renewable Fuels
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grants to seven regional Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) to develop sustainable biofuels, including AHB.  All of the projects are collaborations between numerous educational institutions and private industry partners.

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In the Rocky Mountains, the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) is investigating use of insect-killed trees as a sustainable feedstock. Colorado State University leads the project and works with other universities and industry partners to develop biofuels and biochar.

Visit the BANR project website.


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In the Midwest, CenUSA Bioenergy is investigating the creation of sustainable biofuels and bioproducts using perennial grasses. The project, led by Iowa State University, is also working on producing biochar as a soil amendment. The perennial grasses increase carbon sequestration and improve the sustainability of existing cropping systems by reducing agricultural runoff of nutrients and soil.

Visit the CenUSA Bioenergy project website.


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The Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) is investigating the production of biofuels and bioproducts from switchgrass, pine, poplar, and eucalyptus.  The project, led by the University of Tennessee, includes a focus on economic and environmental barriers to sustainable biofuel and bioproduct production.

Visit the IBSS project website.


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The Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA), led by Washington State University, is researching how to convert forest residuals, including forest and mill residues and construction waste, into bio-jet fuel and other co-products.

Visit the NARA project website.


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The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is investigating a variety of feedstocks for advanced biofuels including willow, switchgrass, and miscanthus.  Led by by Penn State University, NEWBio is also looking into alternative markets for cellulosic bioenergy crops.

Visit the NEWBio project website.


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In the Gulf States, the Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative (SUBI) is led by Louisiana State University AgCenter.  SUBI is planning to use existing refinery infrastructure in the Southeast to convert energycane and sweet sorghum into biofuels and bioproducts.

Visit the SUBI project website.