From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published
(Advanced Biofuels USA) Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. New charts and graphs based on the data developed for the study are organized in a 6-pager to highlight items of particular interest to potential growers, investors and policy-makers.
This quick review of the study highlights potential advanced ethanol production from energy beets per acre as 160% more than for corn starch ethanol per acre and describes the market impact of that ethanol as replacing the ethanol barged to the Mid-Atlantic from the Midwest or providing 59% of Navy aviation fuel needs at the Norfolk Naval Station.
This summary emphasizes the importance of the cellulosic ethanol tax credit established by the 2008 Farm Bill and currently being debated by Congress and other biofuel tax policies.
This summary also illustrates the potential for energy beets as part of best nutrient management practices by removing deep-soil phosphorus from Delmarva farmland; and introduces the potential of such crop-based practices in state nutrient credit trading programs.
Innovations listed include not only those related to crop, co-product and conversion technology development, but adds a 4-5 month harvest season to keep down costs of feedstock/beet storage, and proposes a portable, modular barge-based conversion system tailored to the geography of the Delmarva.
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