These tasks include:
- Production–Crop specialists are expanding the production of energy cane and sweet sorghum through breeding, selection, and testing to find genotypes adapted to the southeastern United States.
- Conversion Technologies--This project seeks to use and expand existing regional pilot and industrial facilities to demonstrate production of gasoline, jet fuels, butanol, isoprene and bioplastics.
- Economics & Business--Agricultural economists are developing business marketing scenarios based on inputs from agricultural research and techno-economic analyses.
- Education--Through the consortium of universities involved in the project, we are able to develop and expand educational programs and training centers in biofuel processing operations.
- Extension–Our efficient extension network
at regional universities dealing with similar crops is helping to demonstrate to growers and landowners the value of producing
crops for biofuel.
- Pilot Plant–The pilot plant at the LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute
functions much like a sugar mill, but this facility will produce syrup that can be turned into biofuels and biochemicals.