Tennessee researchers receive federal aid

By | November 11, 2009
Several research projects housed within the University of Tennessee's Institute of Agriculture have been awarded federal appropriations for fiscal year 2010. Among the projects is an ongoing effort by UT AgResearch to study bioenergy production and carbon sequestration. The project was awarded $1 million, which will be used to contribute to researchers' efforts to understand carbon sequestration in energy crops and to develop feedstock for biofuel production. Of particular interest to researchers is the development of technology for the production, harvesting and transportation of switchgrass.

A pilot-scale switchgrass-to-ethanol production facility under construction in Vonore, Tenn., is expected to begin production by the end of the year. The project is a joint venture between UT and Dupont/Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol.