Prairie Lands Bio-Products Purchases Biomass Project Assets

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The Prairie Lands Bio-Products Board of Directors completed their final goal of the Chariton Valley Biomass Project on August 26, 2010, by purchasing the assets of the project from Chariton Valley Resource Conservation and Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. With the purchase of the assets, the Prairie Lands Board will actively pursue biomass research opportunities and continue building business relationships with entities that are interested in developing biomass strategies.

It was a long time deliverable of the project to have a pathway to develop a business venture from the work and innovation the biomass project partners gave over the 10 year life of the project.

During the four years following the end of the U.S. Department of Energy funded project, Prairie Lands; has worked with Idaho National Laboratory on biomass harvesting activities, provided biomass material to various research projects, became a charter member of the Council for Sustainable Biomass Production, worked on biomass business and supply strategies, and provided information about switchgrass production to interested producers. Board leadership have made presentations at biomass conferences across the nation, continue to work with Alliant Energy as they develop their biomass energy strategy and are a member of the FDC Enterprises team which have been awarded 4.9 million dollar DOE Grant “Development of Supply Systems to Handle and Deliver High Tonnage Biomass Feedstocks for Cellulosic Biofuels Production.”