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.