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LSU AgCenter to Inaugurate Biochemicals Pilot Plant in St. Gabriel

Published on 2013-01-09. Author : SpecialChem

ST. GABRIEL, La. -- The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute will hold a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25 to mark the completion of a pilot plant dedicated to producing biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts.

"The centerpiece of the AgCenter's Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative, the pilot plant focuses on processing sweet sorghum, energy cane and other grassy feedstocks into convertible sugars, fiber and bioproducts for further refining into butanol, gasoline, isoprene and biochemicals," said Project Director Vadim Kochergin.

"The facility can be scaled up to any capacity," Kochergin said. "The focus is on primary processing of sweet sorghum, energy cane and other grassy feedstocks. We can facilitate projects targeting evaluation and validation of technologies as well as training of research and operating personnel."

Located at the Audubon Sugar Institute at 3845 Highway 75 in St. Gabriel, the pilot plant is part of a larger project funded by a five-year, $17.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

About LSU AgCenter

The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, known as the LSU AgCenter, is one of 10 institutions within the Louisiana State University System. The LSU AgCenter's mission is to provide the people of Louisiana with research-based educational information that will improve their lives and economic well-being. The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The LSU AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries, enhancing the environment, and improving the quality of life through its 4-H youth, family and consumer sciences, and community development programs. The LSU AgCenter is headquartered in Baton Rouge on the LSU A&M campus

Source: LSU AgCenter


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