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The BioCentury Research Farm: Accelerating Biomass Production and Conversion Research, Development, and Outreach

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  131610492,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: @2013
Authors:   Darren H. Jarboe, Lawrence A. Johnson, Andrew A. Suby
Keywords:   Biomass processing fermentation thermochemical processing biomass harvest biomass transport biomass storage biomass preparation biomass pretreatment technology commercialization.

Abstract. The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. The Farm was established to accelerate development of cutting-edge bioeconomy technologies by providing unique research, development, demonstration, and technology transfer facilities. Pilot-scale equipment and facilities for the entire biomass value chain are featured at the BioCentury Research Farm. The wide range of scalable research and experimental biomass activities include germplasm improvement; crop cultivation; harvest, storage and transport; pretreatment and preparation; and biochemical and thermochemical conversion. An overview of these capabilities for research, development, and service collaborations will be demonstrated using projects underway or recently completed by university and industry engineers and scientists. The BioCentury Research Farm also offers lecture and demonstration facilities for outreach events. How to collaborate with the BioCentury Research Farm to conduct projects and events will be presented.

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