The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership) has published a report to summarize its accomplishments from 2008–2014. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) partnered with the Sun Grant Initiative and Idaho National Laboratory to co-author this report.
The report, entitled Regional Feedstock Partnership Summary Report: Enabling the Billion-Ton Vision, includes appendices describing study findings for nine different energy crops and containing a list of the more than 400 scientific presentations and publications produced by the Partnership.
A wide range of stakeholders will benefit from the Partnership’s work—farmers can gain further knowledge about energy crops, companies building biorefineries that rely on corn stover now have more yield-specific information, and students trained through the Partnership have the knowledge to become a ready workforce for biomass production, logistics, and conversion.
The Partnership has engaged the nation’s leading researchers to populate the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) with new data on energy crop yields. Modeling crop yields reduces risks associated with the commercial planting of dedicated energy crops, and can be useful for farmers nationwide as they plan their crops in future years. Because of the information gained through the Partnership, many of the projections set forth in the Billion-Ton Study that were once thought by some to be optimistic have been proven reasonably realistic.