Location: Bioenergy Research Unit
Project Number: 3620-41000-133-05
Start Date: Aug 01, 2011
End Date: Jul 31, 2014
The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) effort will focus on the analysis of samples for chemical composition. The choice of samples will be structured to test specific hypothesis regarding measurement of biomass quality for fast pyrolysis that are expected to lead to publications and deliverable knowledge products. The specific hypothesizes are that near-infrared (NIR) calibration models can be constructed for a variety of warm season grasses to predict conversion quality and composition and that composition affects conversion. Analysis of elemental minerals, not measureable by NIR, will be conducted by a collaborator (University of Nebraska). Fast pyrolysis measurements will be conducted by collaborators within Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and at a partner academic institution. Sample sets will be included for switchgrass, big bluestem, and indiangrass. On a broader scope, biomass quality will be related to genetic information provided by plant breeders to allow for development of higher quality cultivars. By combining the information from the production trials with samples from those trials, we will also be able to determine the effects of management and environment.