Renewable Sources of Biomass Increase the Availability of Renewable Fuels and Biobased Products
Renewable sources of biomass increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products to help replace the need for gasoline and diesel in vehicles, and diversify our nation’s energy portfolio. Three Biomass Research and Development Initiative projects include a grant to the Quad County Corn Cooperative in Galva, Iowa, to retroﬁt an existing corn starch ethanol plant to produce byproducts for feed markets and the biodiesel industry. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Ohio is working to use plant residue from the guayule shrub, used for rubber production, for use in biopower and conversion to jet fuel precursors. A University of Wisconsin project is developing closed-loop energy systems using dairy manure as source of ﬁber and fertilizer.
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