economics

Emerging Manure to Energy Technologies - Are Cost Effective Small Scale Digesters Possible?

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Stephanie Lansing presents information on current research, available technologies, future possibilities, and the benefits and costs of small-scale manure digesters.

Deb Yocum provides info about eligibility for the USDA REAP program, application deadlines, program grant and loan opportunities and how existing digesters used REAP as part of their funding package.

Anaerobic Digestion Resources are available from:

This webinar is sponsored by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, which builds on capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Stephanie Lansing, U.MD; Deb Yocum, USDA-RD
Acknowledgments: 

This webinar was sponsored by the NE Climate Hub - http://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/northeast.

Presenters:

  • Stephanie Lansing, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ecological Engineering and Sustainable Technology, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland
  • Deb Yocum, Northeast Regional Energy Coordinator, Energy Division, USDA Rural Development.
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Storage Methods for Ethanol Co-Products - Economics of Storage

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Costs of storing co-products in either bags or bunkers are difficult to estimate and can quickly add up. Many factors need to be addressed including the purchasing costs of the co-product and forages used, labor, equipment, interest, and shrink. While these costs can be challenging to estimate, a cost budget analysis spreadsheet is available for download at http://beef.unl.edu under the By-Product Feeds tab.

To analyze costs, use: Co-Product STORE (Storage To Optimize Ration Expenses) (PDF 85KB, 16pgs) and the accompanying Excel sheet cost analyzer

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
beef.unl.edu
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Cellulosic fuel for dummies with Larry Walker

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Dr. Larry P. Walker provides a thorough, and easy to understand " Biofuels 101" in a few moments.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Larry Walker, NE SunGrant, Cornell U Biofuel Lab
Acknowledgments: 

Dr. Larry Walker is a national leader in biofuels technology and professor at Cornell University.  He is the Director of the Northeast Sun Grant Institute of Excellence and the director of the Cornell Biofuels Lab.

 

Sun Grant Initiative, works with funding from Partners:      

 

 

US Dept. of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation

 

Dept. of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

 

USDA

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

New Research in Biofuels Economics

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Carl Pray is a member of the Rutgers Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department.  In his presentation, he focuses on the issues involved in the economics of biofuel research.  Specifically, he poses the questions to his audience; “Should funding be invested in pure biofuel research or on the production/infrastructure side?”, “What should the government research priorities be?”, “What policies besides research can the government use to influence biofuels?”, “How much is being invested in other countries and by who?” and “What has been the impact of biofuel research and innovation?”.  Also discussed in the presentation is the relationship between the cost of oil and biofuel research funding.  Examples are given using not only ethanol, but algae as well.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Dr. Carl Pray / Dr. Bill Sciarappa, Rutgers U.
Acknowledgments: 

Click for more information about Carl Pray

We would like to thank the US Department of Transportation for providing funding to support the work described in this report under contract to the Northeast SunGrant Initiative at Cornell University # US DOT Assistance # DTOS59-07-G-00052.

Costs and Returns of the Production of Warm Season Grasses for Direct Combustion

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Dr. Robin Brunfield analyzes work done in the field by Dr. Helsel, Dr. Bonos and others to answer the questions asked by current NJ farmers; “How much does it cost?” and “How much money can I make from it?”.  Using switchgrass as her primary example, Dr. Brunfield creates a detailed budget on the growing and processing of switchgrass for either wholesale, retail or on-farm use.  This was a very conservative budget, using high input costs, no government subsidies, land price, etc.  From this analysis she calculates pure loss or returns.  Assuming an 8 year stand of switchgrass, the conclusion baring a large increase in the global energy market, the growing and processing of switchgrass into biofuel is not profitable at the wholesale level, a possibility of breaking even at the retail level, but a profit if growing and processing for on-farm energy use, this technology can be profitable.  These end figures will improve with continual emphasis on increasing yields and decreasing costs.  Dr. Helsel then describes specific cost reducing practices on the farm such as square vs. round baling, the use of farm equipment already owned, when best to harvest in respect to percent moisture and ash in the finished product, etc.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Dr. Robin Brumfield / Dr. Bill Sciarappa, Rutgers
Acknowledgments: 

Dr. Robin Brumfield has been the Farm Management Specialist at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, since 1988.  More about Robin Brumfield, Ph.D.

 

We would like to thank the US Department of Transportation for providing funding to support the work described in this report under contract to the Northeast SunGrant Initiative at Cornell University # US DOT Assistance # DTOS59-07-G-00052.

 

BioEnergy Case Studies

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Number four in the BioEnergy instructional video series.

 

See related information on Community Economic Development & Bioenergy Generation (curriculum can be viewed together as a whole course, or find individual Units of interest)

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Dan Downings, Anne Silvis
Acknowledgments: 

Dan Downings, University of Missouri; Anne Silvis, University of Illinois

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