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Grass farming for local energy: Opportunities and strategies for utilizing native grasses to deliver biomass for today's energy markets

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Native perennial grasses, when used as feedstocks for both solid and liquid bio-fuels, may be an economical and ecologically sustainable way to offset the use of fossil fuels. Heating or power generation applications which utilize densified grasses are a natural way farmers may enter the biomass energy market. The objective of this study will be to quantify some of the economic and agronomic considerations relevant to this type of grass cropping system, taking into account both mobile and stationary densification units and the implications of various harvest strategies on overall crop economics. Crop management practices such as delayed (spring) harvest have been used to minimize ash\inorganic fraction of the biomass (particularly Cl, K, and Si). Biomass yield losses as a result of delayed harvest by producers will be quantified to better understand implications of these strategies on yield and harvestability for producers. Transportation of bulky feedstock can be minimized by on-site densification. A comparison of mobile and stationary densification units will be evaluated to compare cost effectiveness of each scenario. Data obtained from these efforts will be used to provide case studies which will quantify economic and management considerations critical to the further development and adoption of native grass cropping systems. This information will give potential producers a clearer economic picture of the feasibility to produce and sell this type of energy product in the northeastern United States.
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Singer, Scott. "Grass farming for local energy: Opportunities and strategies for utilizing native grasses to deliver biomass for today's energy markets" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235585_index.html>

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Singer, S. "Grass farming for local energy: Opportunities and strategies for utilizing native grasses to deliver biomass for today's energy markets" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235585_index.html

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Abstract: Native perennial grasses, when used as feedstocks for both solid and liquid bio-fuels, may be an economical and ecologically sustainable way to offset the use of fossil fuels. Heating or power generation applications which utilize densified grasses are a natural way farmers may enter the biomass energy market. The objective of this study will be to quantify some of the economic and agronomic considerations relevant to this type of grass cropping system, taking into account both mobile and stationary densification units and the implications of various harvest strategies on overall crop economics. Crop management practices such as delayed (spring) harvest have been used to minimize ash\inorganic fraction of the biomass (particularly Cl, K, and Si). Biomass yield losses as a result of delayed harvest by producers will be quantified to better understand implications of these strategies on yield and harvestability for producers. Transportation of bulky feedstock can be minimized by on-site densification. A comparison of mobile and stationary densification units will be evaluated to compare cost effectiveness of each scenario. Data obtained from these efforts will be used to provide case studies which will quantify economic and management considerations critical to the further development and adoption of native grass cropping systems. This information will give potential producers a clearer economic picture of the feasibility to produce and sell this type of energy product in the northeastern United States.

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