Items about CenUSA Bioenergy
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 development, 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.
CenUSA Advisory Board member and rural economic development dynamo LaVon Schiltz shares her journey to CenUSA and her thoughts on how the bioeconomy can help rural development.
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.
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
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: