Exploring Field Crop Biomass Sources for Use in Pacific Ethanol's Boardman Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

Short term outcomes will include the following: (1) assessment of the economic viability of delivering existing feed stocks from irrigated acreages to the facility in Boardman; (2) an assessment of the possibility for relay crop production to provide additional biomass from existing irrigated acreage; (3) an assessment of production efficiencies in relation to water and fertilizer use; and (4) an assessment of the potential for dryland acreage and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage to be a biomass source. If successful, the project will result in these longer-term outcomes: (1) identification of best choices for biomass crops in irrigated regions across the west that have environmental conditions similar to those in the mid-Columbia; (2) identification of general geographic information system (GIS) procedures that can be used to assess the economic viability of moving biomass material to a specific location given existing roads, fuel costs to gather and move materials, and stated feedstock values; and (3) increased acreages of feedstocks.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program information: Advanced Research, Biobased Research


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $499972
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Principal Investigators:

    Karow, Russell

  • Start Date: 20090401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110331

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01575552
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2015 10:47AM