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Introducing the SGI. NC: South Dakota State Univ. NE: Cornell University SC: Oklahoma State University SE: Un. of Tennessee W: Oregon State University. Relation to Land Grant Universities. LGU - SGI Centers - SGA - Agencies. SGA. Others. SGI Authorization.

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Introducing the sgi

Introducing the SGI

  • NC: South Dakota State Univ.

  • NE: Cornell University

  • SC: Oklahoma State University

  • SE: Un. of Tennessee

  • W: Oregon State University

Introducing the sgi

Relation to Land Grant Universities

Introducing the sgi

LGU - SGI Centers - SGA - Agencies



Introducing the sgi

SGI Authorization

  • 2002 Farm Bill

    • Sec. 9011: Sun Grant Initiative

    • An amendment in the FY04 Omnibus

  • SGI Structure

  • Purposes

    • Energy security

    • Environmental sustainability

    • Economic diversification in rural areas

    • Improved coordination between universities and agencies on research and education

Introducing the sgi


  • USDA Special Grant

    • Planning and Coordination (~$640K)

  • DOE Special Grant (FY05)

    • SDSU and UT ($1.5M)

  • DOT Trust Fund (05 SAFETEA-LU)

    • Each of the five centers (~$1.4M per Center)

    • Prototype regional competitive grants program

  • DOE Regional Biomass Program

    • Senate FY07 Energy Approps

    • Each of the five centers (~$4.5M total)

Competitive grants program

Competitive Grants Program

  • DOT Funded

  • Completing process now

  • National priorities at regional and local level

  • A integrated national application process but managed at the regional level

  • RFPs by beginning of 2007

The sgi centers

The SGI Centers

Western region

Western Region

Member states

Member States










U.S. Territories & Affiliated Pacific Islands

Regional partners

Regional Partners

  • DOE National Labs: Pacific Northwest National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Sandia

  • Western Governor’s Association and state Governor’s offices

  • State Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Forestry, Transportation and Environmental Quality

  • State, Regional, and National Nonprofits

  • National Biomass Partnership

  • Agricultural Development in the American Pacific (ADAP)

Challenges for the western region

Challenges for the Western Region

  • Water limitations

  • Distance

    • concentrated urban areas with vast distances between them, making transmission and transportation major factors

  • Soil and climate diversity

    • for example, Oregon has 220 separate agricultural commodities, California has more

  • Limited production scale, and in some situations, areas have limited infrastructure.

The western region

The Western Region

Will focus on crops, technologies and business development strategies that are:

  • scaled to the realities of rural communities

  • sustainable,

  • capable of showing applied, on-the-ground results, and

  • able to handle lots of variables in terms of crops

Opportunities in the western region

Opportunities inthe Western Region

  • include waste products from agriculture and forestry, and in the culls from our forests

  • invasive species such as juniper and Scotch broom, which are rich in resins, oils and other potentially useful compounds

  • a strong track record in producing niche crops and varietals that could emerge as niche bioproducts

Current research priorities for the western region

Current Research Priorities for the Western Region

  • Feedstock Development

  • Bioprocessing Technology

  • Bioproduct Development and Commercialization

Research priorities cont

Research Priorities (cont.)

Feedstock Development

• crop production and diversification

• industrial crops development

  • drought-tolerant species

  • invasive species

  • fuel load reduction in forests

Research priorities cont1

Research Priorities (cont.)

Processing Technology

• conversion processes

• biofuel and biopower development

  • co-generation plants

  • waste stream energy capture

  • fuel cells from biomass and waste streams

Research priorities cont2

Research Priorities (cont.)


• co-products enhancement

• value-added bioproducts

  • biofuels and bioenergy

  • medicinal, nutriceutical, and food products

  • industrial production

Next steps

Next Steps

  • Upon line of credit for US DOT grant:

    • Release competitive grant opportunity

    • Establish research and extension projects

  • Develop workforce and faculty expertise

  • Develop and nurture multi-institutional and regional partnerships

  • Transfer technology into new and existing businesses

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