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CenUSA Bioenergy Advisory Board

CenUSA Bioenergy is advised by an external Advisory Board with members representing all links in the biofuel supply chain including biomass cultivar development, seed production and marketing, crop production, rural economic devlopment, transportation, storage, conversion, marketing, safety and education.

The Advisory Board's role is to provide high-level, broad advice and to serve as an important link and network into stakeholder groups.

About CenUSA Bioenergy

Welcome to CenUSA Bioenergy. We are the home of an ambitious Iowa State University-based, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsored, research project investigating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels and bioproducts system. This website is dedicated to sharing our work and work products with everyone interested in producing advanced transportation fuels and bioproducts derived from perennial grasses grown on land unsuitable for or marginal for row crop production.

Our Funding Source

CenUSA Bioenergy is part of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's bioenergy "Coordinated Agricultural Projects" (CAPs). There are currently seven CAP projects across the US funded with Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Grants. The projects share $157 Million in funding. Learn more about the AFRI-CAP effort in Sustainable Advanced Biofuels Across the United States (pdf).

NIFA Bioenergy CAPs

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB)
Lead Institution:  University of Washington
Feedstock:  Purpose grown woody crops (e.g. poplar)
Conversion platform target: Hybrid bio/thermochemical conversion

The CenUSA Bioenergy Vision

Our vision is to create a Midwestern regional system for producing advanced transportation fuels and bioproducts derived from perennial grasses grown on land that is either unsuitable or marginal for row crop production. In addition to producing advanced biofuels and bioproducts, the proposed system will improve the sustainability of existing cropping systems by reducing agricultural runoff of nutrients and soil and increasing carbon sequestration.

About CenUSA Bioenergy

Based on our vision of Midwestern regional system for producing advanced transportation fuels and bioproducts using perennial grasses grown on marginal lands, our research efforts are concentrated on ten objectives:

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