Feedstocks and Energy Crops

Controlled pollination of willow

Applying pollen to a female willow catkin in a controlled pollination to breed for improved bioenergy willow
Photographer: 
Larry Smart, Cornell University
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Miscanthus harvest

Respirable dust is one safety consideration during biomass harvest
Photographer: 
Doug Schaufler, Penn State
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Miscanthus Harvest in Central Pennsylvania

Miscanthus harvest on farm in Central Pennsylvania
Photographer: 
Marvin H. Hall
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Willow trial on reclaimed strip mine land

Screening scrub willow on reclaimed strip mine land.
Photographer: 
Marvin H. Hall
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Protecting switchgrass tansplants from frost

Freshly planted switchgrass seedlings were threatened by a late season frost, so we covered nearly and acre of plants with plastic.
Photographer: 
Marvin H. Hall
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Transplanting switchgrass on relcaimed strip mine site

Research isn't always easy. Here we are transplanting switchgrass seedlings into reclaimed strip mine land in central Pennsylvania. This research involved nearly 150 switchgrass germplasms we were screening for production potential in these less than ideal soils.
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Marvin Hall
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The CenUSA Legacy

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Monday, July 11, 2016

CenUSA Bioenergy, a USDA coordinated agriculture project, was funded to address the challenges of producing biofuel and other products in an environmentally sustainable way that doesn’t interfere with food production or cause adverse land use change.

Over the past five years CenUSA has generated a wealth of information across nine different objectives. This video highlights major accomplishments of each objective in the CenUSA Bioenergy project.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Pam Porter, CenUSA, U. of Wisconsin
Acknowledgments: 

This CenUSA video was produced by Pamela Porter, University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems; and Don Fleischman, University of Wisconsin Division of Information Technology.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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EcoWillow 2.0 - Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Crops

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Presenters:

  • Justin Heavey, Senior Research Support Specialist, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF;
  • Timothy Volk, Senior Research Associate, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF

EcoWillow is a financial analysis tool for willow biomass crops originally developed by SUNY-ESF in 2008 based on 20 years of research and commercial development of the industry. This tool has been downloaded by over 1000 users in 70 countries.

The model has now been comprehensively updated based on the latest data from commercial willow operations in the northeastern U.S and re-released as EcoWillow 2.0. Key updates to the model include

  • a new “fields” module for the inclusion of multiple field locations, transport distances, and headland areas in one project analysis;
  • an updated harvest module based on time-motion studies of the latest harvesting technology developed in partnership with Case New Holland;
  • a more user-friendly design.

This webinar will explain and demonstrate some of the new features in more detail, provide a brief tutorial, model several example crop production scenarios showing the impact of key variables on production costs and profitability, and answer questions about the model and its use. The EcoWillow 2.0 model and several supporting fact sheets are available for download at no cost from http://www.esf.edu/willow/download.htm.

 

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The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast. http://www.newbio.psu.edu/Extension/Webinars.asp

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Justin Heavey & Tim Volk, SUNY ESF
Acknowledgments: 

The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast. http://www.newbio.psu.edu/Extension/Webinars.asp

This NEWBio Webinar Series is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Biomass Torrefaction - Production, Technology, and Co-firing Economics

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Presented by Tom Causer, President and COO, Terra Green Energy, LLC

Tune in to this webinar archive for an inside look at Terra Green Energy, LLC, and a discussion about its central process: torrefaction--how it works, why the process should be considered, what advantages it introduces to biomass handling, and the key characteristics of torrefied material. The presentation will also address torrefaction feedstocks as well as current challenges and next steps for the industry with a special look at the economics involved when co-firing torrefied biomass thereby displacing a portion of coal at an electrical generation facility.

The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Tom Causer, Terra Green Energy, LLC
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Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Production of biomass crops such as perennial grasses, willow, or poplar are often considered for so called marginal lands. These may be lands that have difficulty producing a conventional crop because they may have steep terrain, heavy soil, or poor drainage. This production highlights safety concerns that should be taken into consideration if a grower is considering biomass production on these marginal lands.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Doug Schaufler, Penn State University
Acknowledgments: 

Penn State University Extension.

This video was produced as part of the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium. NEWBio is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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