Current USDA NIFA AFRI CAPs

Farm Energy, Wood Energy October 17, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

USDA-NIFA (National Institute for Food and Agriculture) currently funds 7 bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs) through Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Grants. 

AFRI CAPs 2015
AFRI CAP Biofuel Feedstocks and Project Locations

Explore the NIFA Bioenergy CAPs:


Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB)
Lead Institute:  University of Washington
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Purpose grown woody crops (e.g. poplar)
Conversion platform target: Hybrid bio/thermochemical conversion
Industrial Partners: ZeaChem Inc.


Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)
Lead Institute:  Washington State University
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock: Forestry residuals
Conversion platform target:  Biochemical
Industrial Partners:  Gevo Inc., Weyerhaeuser


CenUSA bioenergy
Lead Institute:  Iowa State University
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Native perennial grasses (switchgrass, big bluestem, indian grass)
Conversion platform target:  Thermochemical (pyrolysis w/ biochar co-production)
Industrial Partners:  Archer Daniels Midland, Conoco-Phillips


Sustainable Bioproduct Initiative (SUBI)
Lead Institute:  Louisiana State University
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Sweet sorghum, energy cane
Conversion platform target:  Biochemical
Industrial Partners:  John Deere, Ceres Inc., Genencor, Optinol


Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS)
Lead Institute:  University of Tennessee
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Switchgrass, pine, cold-tolerant Eucalyptus
Conversion platform target:  Thermochemical
Industrial Partners:  Rentech-ClearFuels, KiOR, Ceres Inc., Genera Energy


Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR)
Lead Institute: Colorado State University
Awarded:  2012
Feedstock: Beetle-killed pine
Conversion platform target:  Thermochemical
Industrial Partners:  CoolPlanet Energy Systems


Northeast Woody / Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio)
Lead Institute:  Pennsylvania State University
Awarded:  2012
Feedstock:  Purpose-grown willow, miscanthus, switchgrass
Conversion platform target:  Biochemical
Industrial Partners:  Mascoma Biofuels, Praxair Inc., Primus Green Energy


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