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

UVM Extension Helps Farmers Rethink On-Farm Energy

UVM Extension Helps Farmers Rethink On-Farm Energy

In order to meet the goals set by Vermont’s comprehensive energy plan for Vermont to produce 90 percent of the state’s energy needs from renewables by 2050 and reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from a 1990 baseline, Vermont farmers will have an important role to play. As Vermont experiences growth in food-related businesses and jobs, decisions about energy become more important prompting  statewide energy and agriculture collaborations. Read More
Mitigating Potential Biomass Feedstock Pests

Mitigating Potential Biomass Feedstock Pests

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative aims to connect diversified agriculture and local renewable energy production for on-farm and community use by supporting research, technical assistance, and infrastructure development in emerging areas of bioenergy including biodiesel production and distribution. As we move into the growing season, there are a variety of pests that can potentially affect sunflower, canola, and soybean biomass feedstock production. In this video a University of Vermont agronomist explainsRead More
University of Vermont Offers Bioenergy Course for Fall 2015

University of Vermont Offers Bioenergy Course for Fall 2015

Coming this fall the University of Vermont will be offering a bioenergy course taught by Anju Dahiya, cofounder of General Systems Research, LLC, lead biofuels instructor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Vermont Bioenergy algae for biofuel grant recipient. This course is open to both degree and non-degree students from any background or department, as well as farmers, entrepreneurs, and teachers interested in developing curriculum, oRead More

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Oilseeds

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

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Grass

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

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Algae

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

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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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