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Research Project: Adding Value to Ethanol Production Byproducts (Dried Distillers Grain) Through Production of Biochar and Bio-Oil: Step Two

Location: Soil and Water Management Research

Project Number: 5062-12000-008-17
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Aug 28, 2013
End Date: Oct 31, 2015

Assess the impact of distillers grain and corn stover char on soil fertility and carbon sequestration potential through greenhouse and field plot studies.

We seek to increase the value of distillers grain by sequestering carbon and producing additional renewable energy. This will be accomplished by developing an optimized process for making biofuels and biochar based fertilizers and soil improvement agents from an existing by-product steam. We will establish both greenhouse and field plot studies to determine the potential benefits of biochar addition for soil fertility, crop productivity, and carbon sequestration. The potential long-term outcome of this research is the development and promotion of on-farm energy production using a combination of corn stover and distillers grain as a feedstock to improve the sustainability of corn production with biochar amendments.

Last Modified: 11/29/2015
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