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- UT to display biofuels production, processing
- Biomass processing, transportation
• During the first day of the event visitors will be introduced to switchgrass production methods and will have an opportunity to review and compare varieties, including improved varieties from field day sponsor and energy crop company, Ceres, Inc.
• The second day of the event will be geared toward biomass processing and transportation logistics for products.
Biomass processing, transportation
Day Two of the event will be geared toward biomass processing and transportation logistics for products. Exhibits, demonstrations and presentations about the latest in biomass preprocessing and handling will be held at the Tennessee Biomass Innovation Park, which is located on the shores of Tellico Lake near Vonore.
Day two will also feature an outdoor exhibition on the site of the nearby DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol biorefinery, one of the world’s first pre-commercial cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.
“We are planning a broad-based event full of information about every aspect of switchgrass production and processing,” says event organizer Sam Jackson, a research assistant professor in the UT Center for Renewal Carbon. Jackson also serves as vice-president for feedstock operations for Genera Energy, LLC, which is wholly owned by the UT Research Foundation and is dedicated to developing integrated biomass supply chain solutions and strategic partnerships to support the region’s emerging bioenergy industry.
Jackson adds that the event will also feature aspects of woody biomass production and processing, focusing on short rotation woody crops and wood residues.
Attendance to each day of the event is free. However, pre-registration is strongly recommended.
Lunch will be sponsored for attendees to Day One who pre-register. Unregistered attendees may purchase lunch onsite for $10, based on availability.
Day Two will feature refreshments for purchase.
Reservations may be made at the field day website: http://www.biomassfieldday.com/ or by calling Genera Energy at 865-974-8258. The website also contains more details about the program and useful information about parking and lodging.
Cooperating partners for this event include the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Extension programs; the UT Center for Renewable Carbon; Genera Energy, LLC; DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE); Ceres, Inc.; and the U.S. Department of Energy, which sponsored a grant to compare switchgrass variety performance.