Published: Mar 24, 2008 1:20:35 PM
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The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering at Auburn University (AC-PABE) has recently received $500,000 from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) to support research on alternative energy and fuels. This brings the total funding provided by the ADAI to $1 million for the purpose of producing fuels from Alabama's renewable resources.
Key technologies being developed include biochemical processing of biomass for production of ethanol, thermochemical processing of biomass for production of liquid fuels and hydrogen, and fractionation of biomass into pure feedstocks for fuel and energy production.
"The vision is to provide the basis upon which a new and prosperous natural resource-based economy can be built in Alabama," said Harry Cullinan, director of AC-PABE. "This will reinvigorate Alabama's established industries while creating new ones, satisfying state and national needs and moving Alabama toward sustainable development."
The AC-PABE is leveraging these state funds with support from industry and the federal government to advance a number of commercial demonstration projects. These include: small-scale biomass gasification to provide heat and power for farms and mills; a pulp mill sludge-to-ethanol commercial plant; a municipal solid waste-to-ethanol pilot plant; a centralized poultry litter gasification facility; a pulp mill waste wood to diesel fuel plant and several additional projects which are under consideration.