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Ten Students to be Selected for NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates, Hosted by OSU's Bioenergy Center
Using sweet sorghum to develop biofuels at OSU
December 21, 2012 – The United States Department of Agriculture, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the South Central Sun Grant Program have taken note and funded the majority of the research of Danielle Bellmer, associate professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.
As a member of OSU’s Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) and Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, Bellmer’s research is focused on the development of biofuels from sweet sorghum.
“Sweet sorghum is a known high-energy, drought tolerant crop with the ability to adapt to various climates and soil conditions,” she said. “It is among the most efficient crops in processes of converting solar energy and rationing water use. Its high productivity, low input requirements and versatility make it an attractive feedstock for energy production.”
Uniquely, sweet sorghum can potentially provide carbohydrates in three different forms: directly fermentable sugar, cellulose and starch.
OSU Biobased Products and Energy Center receives national honor
Oct. 18, 2011 - STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University’s Biobased Products and Energy Center has been honored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture with its NIFA Partnership Award for Mission Integration.
OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources formed the center in 2008 to promote greater integration within its interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of scientists and engineers, as well as their collaborative efforts with other agencies and organizations.
A Strong History of Renewable Energy Research and Education
In many ways, Oklahoma is the intersection between agriculture and energy, placing Oklahoma State University on the frontline in the need to develop new technologies that increase the efficiency of or create new energy sources. Since the early 1990s, our future-minded, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional OSU Biofuels Team has been committed to conducting basic and applied research necessary to making renewable energy crops a practical enhancement of the nation’s energy portfolio. In 1970, approximately 70 percent of the oil used in the United States came from domestic sources. In 2007, that number was 35 percent. By 2025, estimates are that it could be less than 23 percent. Factor in the increase in global demand, the nationalization of 80 percent of the world’s oil reserves, carbon tax legislation and renewable fuel standards and it is clear that the American energy policy is undergoing significant change. The need to diversify America’s energy resources has never been more vital. OSU is particularly well-positioned to take a lead role in helping the U.S. become a viable biobased economy, with leadership and expertise in every aspect of biofuels research and development. Please take a moment and peruse this website that shares how OSU is helping America supply its energy needs in sustainable and cost-effective ways that also promote greater energy independence.
Robert E. Whitson
Vice President, Dean and Director
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University
Research and education is holistic, considering all aspects from feedstock development to the production of final products, where scientists and engineers are working as teams drawing on the expertise from many disciplines and research institutions. Those interactions and collaborations help in identifying and addressing the most critical issues in providing an economically viable and sustainable biobased production system. The results through center participants will lead to the establishment of biorefineries, potentially revitalizing rural areas in Oklahoma.
To conduct research and provide educational programs in environmentally-sound biobased product and energy development leading to the establishment of sustainable bioenergy and biorefinery industries in Oklahoma.
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