Location: Bio-oils Research2013 Annual Report
1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Align participant and stakeholder interests along the supply chain to promote effective development of partnerships for creating new rural economic development opportunities centered on hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel production. Continually expand business networks through meetings with grower and commodity organizations, rural community, industry, and financial leaders who could contribute to the successful resourcing of biofuel chains.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Investors are required at each link in the value chain. Validation and commercialization capital resources will allow us to use press releases, web announcements, and seminar presentations to add key links to the value chain. Regional economic developers can be a key link in the value chain, as they have extensive networks. Using the methodology described in Sub-objective 6d, we can provide the networks access to technologies that help them do their work better. There is a great deal of capital in the rural plains, particularly with the generational transfer of wealth. Linkages with rural communities can provide the opportunity to invest in different stages and links in the value chain, decreasing dependence on governmental sources. As the project consultants identify potential collaborators, we will have discussions with industry thought leaders, including fuel companies, financiers, technology providers, and biofuel procurement leaders. They will help identify ways to ensure that oilseed crops are seamlessly adopted into the biofuels space and that projects are developed to ensure private lender participation. We will use N-Vivo software to analyze the content of the meetings and quantify the emergent themes.
3. Progress Report:
This research is being conducted under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant with all funds for this agreement originating under this grant. ARS scientists in the Bio-Oils Research Unit at the USDA-ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, are engaged in research to develop renewable jet fuel from brassica, as well as analyzing germplasm and conducting seed oil processing research for this effect. AeCAP is engaged in developing stakeholder engagement for the development of oilseed crop rotations in the wheat belt. AeCAP participated in Oklahoma and Kansas grower meetings to introduce the hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel project and determine their willingness to grow specialized bioenergy oilseed crops. Oilseed varieties used to produce biofuel will likely be a specialized crop and grown under contract. AeCAP continues to talk and meet regularly with seed and grain company contacts that have long-established relationships with growers. Logistics networks are critical to the successful resourcing of biofuel chains. Bulk material handling companies, river ports, seaports, trucking, Class 1 rail companies, and short-line rail companies will play major roles in moving HRJ fuel to national and international customer sites. AeCAP continues to talk and meet regularly with representatives of these logistics resources. Capital for new production and logistics facilities will be needed for the successful resourcing of biofuel chains. AeCAP continues to talk and meet regularly with project updates for its investment banking contacts. Biorefinery capitalization requires experienced banking partners and AeCAP’s contacts have that experience.