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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. www.sungrant.org. 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

www.sungrant.org




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


Funding

  • 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

www.sungrant.org


Western region
Western Region


Member states
Member States

Alaska

Arizona

California

Hawaii

Idaho

Nevada

Oregon

Utah

Washington

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.)

Bioproducts

• 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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