Local Production for local use

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Overview

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

Vermont farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers are building an alternative model of bioenergy production that is small-scale, community focused, economical, and sustainable.

Algae to Biofuel

Algae to Biofuel

Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel research and development in the Northeast.

Grass Fuel

Grass Fuels

Heating fuels from switchgrass? Sid Bosworth, a University of Vermont agronomist explains switchgrass production followed by biomass entrepreneurs turning bales of grass into briquette fuel.

Making On-Farm Biodiesel

Making on-Farm Biodiesel

Grow oil crops, make biodiesel, feed the animals & save money! Vermont farmer and owner of State Line Biofuels John Williamson and University of Vermont Extension's Chris Callahan show us how.

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Field Notes

Can Consumers Grow Sunflower Crops for Biodiesel?

Can Consumers Grow Sunflower Crops for Biodiesel?

As more Vermont farmers try their hand at growing sunflowers to be made into biofuel, Vermont homesteaders are starting to ask if making their own biodiesel from oilseed crops can work for them too...here are some answers:Read more
 Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel fuel

Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel fuel

Green Mountain Power, UVM Extension and the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative collaborate on farm energy projectRead more
BTEC Webinar: Energy Farmers

BTEC Webinar: Energy Farmers

Fall is harvest season in the nation’s agricultural communities, and energy is a crop of growing importance. Join the Biomass Thermal Energy Council’s webinar on Wednesday, October 1st at 1PM ET to discuss the ins-and-outs of agricultural and grass biomass fuels from the field to the boiler.Read more



Oilseeds from plants such as sunflower, soybean, and canola can be converted to biodiesel, food-grade oil, livestock feed, and organic fertilizer.



Perennial grasses such as switchgrass, big bluestem, and reed canarygrass can be pelletized for fuel combustion and converted to ethanol.



Microalgae such as green algae and diatoms can be converted to algal oil, biofuel, nutriceuticals, feed, and organic fertilizer.


More Biofuels

Additional local production for local use bioenergy options for Vermont include wood chips, wood pellets, willow, and methane digesters.

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