The sugars found in molasses are ideal feedstocks for fermentation to a wide variety of products. The bacterium known as Clostridium beijerinckii optinoii can produce butanol and isopropanol from these sugars.
A pilot plant dedicated to producing biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts is now operating in St. Gabriel.
This study found sugar mill effluents can support the biomass production of microalgae/cyanobacteria co-culture, while simultaneously improving overall water quality.
The objective of this study was to assess juice and fiber components of sweet sorghum processed with and without panicles and leaves intact.
LSU AgCenter researchers are studying how to mill energycane and sweet sorghum for use in biofuels.
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(Video) Sonny Viator, an LSU AgCenter plant breeder, discusses how sweet sorghum can be grown and used to create biofuels. (Runtime: 5:35)
(Video) Derek Dorman of the LSU AgCenter's Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative (SUBI) explains analyses that are conducted at the Audubon Sugar Institute on feedstock used to create biofuels. (Runtime: 2:17)
(Video News 02/05/13) Louisiana’s biofuels industry is growing, and the LSU AgCenter is fueling that growth. A new pilot plant will process crops that can be turned into bioproducts. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:51)
(Audio News 01/31/12) A new 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. The recently commissioned plant will be a centerpiece for research, education and outreach for the emerging biorefining industry in the Southeast. (Runtime: 1:55)
(Distributed 01/25/13) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The fledgling biofuels and bioprocessing industry in the South took a step forward Friday, Jan. 25, with the formal commissioning of a pilot plant at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute.
Butanol as a biofuel has many advantages over ethanol as a fuel, including higher energy content, usability in existing pipelines and ease of blending with gasoline.