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Task 3.1. Harvesting trials
The effectiveness of existing cane harvesting equipment for energycane and sweet sorghum
will be evaluated in collaboration with John Deere.
The optimal biofuel processing facility location will be assessed through transportation
model analysis using mathematical optimization procedures.
Bagasse must be stored for inter-season processing and energy generation. Sugarcane
bagasse will be sampled and analyzed for chemical composition from commercial piles as a
reference base. Samples of energycane and sweet sorghum bagasse will be generated at
the pilot plant facility at LSU AgCenter and evaluated against the base reference using
standardized NREL procedures.
Using the universal pilot facility, preprocessing strategies will be optimized depending on
downstream requirements. Milling and diffusion efficiencies will be compared, and
separation targets will be established for each conversion technology.
A 30-ton-per-hour bagasse-drying facility at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of
Florida (funded separately from the current proposal) will be used to study technical and
economic feasibility for preprocessing fiber (bagasse) for co-generation, pelletizing or
Please click here for accomplishments related to Task 3 of the Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative.
Daira Aragon Mena, LSU AgCenter
Don Day, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
Giovanna Aita, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
Franz Ehrenhauser, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
Jesse Lopez, John Deere
Jose F. Alvarez, Sugar Cane Growers Coop of Florida
Larry Falconer, Extension Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University
Mark Suhr, MS Processes International
Michael Salassi, Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter
Tyler Mark, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture