Assessment of Production and Transportation Practices for Sweet Sorghum

The desired short term benchmarks/outcomes of this project are to: (1) Demonstrate the maximal amount of sugar that can be produced assessed through multiple crop production sequencing; (2) Select appropriate cultivars to utilize in this sequencing in the semi arid Southwest; (3) Minimize or avoid the addition of preservatives to the juice while assuring high ethanol productivity; (4) Complete mass (water and nutrients), and energy balances for growth and production of sweet sorghum in arid climates; (5) Update estimates of costs and returns of using sweet sorghum to produce ethanol; (6) Improve the efficiency of juice fermentation; and (7) Transfer technology to Pinal Energy by aiding in updating standard operating procedures for dual feedstock facilities. The long term outcomes are to: (1) Provide best cultivation practices to and discuss market potential of growing sweet sorghum with Tribal nations and regional farmers; (2) Evaluate scale up to full production size at a commercial ethanol plant; (3) Identify which phases of the production process have the greatest scope for cost reductions; and (4) Determine economic feasibility of additional production facilities that operate in a sustainable manner in the Southwestern United States (SW).

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


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000
  • 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:

    Ogden, Kimberly

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130630

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01575657
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2015 8:38AM