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.