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Bioenergy Center
139 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK    74078

Phone: 405.744.5425
Fax: 405.744.5339
E-mail:
    bioenergy@okstate.edu

 

 

About the Center

Please use the following links to learn about the Biobased Products and Energy Center

Objectives

Goals

Accomplishments

Current and potential funding sources

Oklahoma impacts


 


 

Objectives

The following objectives reflect the integrated activities at OSU. Researchers work synergistically, addressing the most important issues in the conversion of agricultural resources to liquid fuel and other value-added products.

 

  • Maintain an active feedstock development program providing improved perennial grass varieties for central and southern U.S.
  • Identify and enhance feedstocks for producing biobased products and energy.
    • Maintain an inventory of existing biomass resources.
    • Assess the feedstock potential of selected plant species (native, naturalized, exotic) and processed biomass waste.
    • Determine optimal procedures for establishing and managing dedicated feedstock crops.
  • Employ and/or develop energy efficient and cost effective harvesting, handling, storage and transportation systems.
  • Enhance existing and develop new bioconversion technologies.
    • Biofuels – ethanol, biodiesel, etc.
    • Biopower – electricity, heat/steam, etc.
    • Bioproducts – chemicals, plastics, composites, etc.
  • Determine sustainability of establishing biorefineries.
    • Determine the cost of system components for potential feedstocks and end products.
    • Refine and improve the energy balance for complete systems.
    • Develop integrated models to quantify the environmental and economic impact of land conversion to feedstocks supporting anticipated biorefineries.
  • Provide education about biobased products and energy through secondary education, undergraduate and graduate resident instruction; and through extension/outreach to a wide range of audiences.

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Goals

  • Strengthen basic research foundation in feedstock development and conversion technologies.
  • Provide undergraduate and graduate training for future biobased economy workforce.
  • Formulate teams of university personnel to determine the most appropriate opportunities in feedstock production and conversion applications for specific regions in Oklahoma.
  • When and where appropriate, establish producer-based feedstock demonstration plots of selected perennial grasses, such as switchgrass.
  • Establish OSU as one of the predominant cellulosic research universities in the U.S.

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Accomplishments

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.

Click here to view more about the Center's latest award!

 

2008 Bio-energy Awareness Day “Grand Challenge” Winner

The Center was recognized as a 2008 Bio-energy Awareness Day “Grand Challenge” Winner for an entry entitled “Shaping Oklahoma’s Renewable Energy Future” by the United States Department of Agriculture. This entry was authored by Drs. Danielle Bellmer and Ray Huhnke.


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Current and potential funding sources

Sources of significant funding on projects led by faculty involved with the Center include:

Current:

  • Support of 19 projects by the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center, 2008-09.
  • NSF-EPSCoR project entitled “Building Oklahoma’s Leadership Role in Cellulosic Bioenergy” shared with OU and the Noble Foundation, 2008-13.
  • State Regents supporting faculty startups attached to the above NSF-EPSCoR project shared with OU, 2008-13.
  • Research agreement with Coskata Energy, Inc., entitled “Syngas Conversion to Ethanol” shared with OU and BYU, 2006-2008.
  • Special grant from USDA-CSREES entitled “Biomass-Based Energy Research” shared with OU, BYU, and MSU.

Potential:

  • Oklahoma Bioenergy Center
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Various industries, including agricultural equipment manufacturers

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Oklahoma Impacts:

  • Availability of an in-depth regional assessment tool to assist local community leaders in identifying biomass production potential and biobased industry opportunities.
  • Recognizing Oklahoma State University as one of the predominant cellulosic bioenergy research universities in the U.S.
  • Having the Oklahoma populace embrace biobased energy and products.
  • Establishing true bioenergy and biorefinery industries in the state.

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Contact us

E-mail: bioenergy@okstate.edu
Address: 139 Agricultural Hall  |  Stillwater, OK  |  74078
Phone: 405.744.5425
Fax: 405.744.5339

 

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