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Grant Activities To-Date

The first round of DOE funds from 2005 through 2007 supported seven projects:

  • UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture — $98,089 for a feedstock production, logistics, and biomass conversion research project. >> Read more
  • State Line Biofuels — $23,200 for technical assistance in the form of a safety review and engineering study of existing biodiesel production facility. >> Read more
  • Borderview Farm — $25,000 for technical assistance in the form of a safety review and engineering study of proposed biodiesel production facility.
  • Green Technologies — $98,000 for technology and infrastructure purchases for capacity expansion at a waste vegetable biodiesel producer. >> Read more
  • AgNorth Biopower — $33,000 for technical assistance in the form of feasibility studies for AgNorth Biopower LLC’s proposed multi-feedstock biodigester.
  • Gervais Family Farm — $67,000 for technology and infrastructure purchases for the construction of a “Cow Power” biodigester at Gervais Family Farm.
  • Vermont Biofuels Association — $65,000 for education and outreach activities (later merged with Renewable Energy Vermont).

Click below to read the final report of the 2005-2007 funding cycle:

 

The second round of DOE funding from 2008 through 2010 supported 17 projects and the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont.

  1. University of Vermont, Course Development — $20,000 to develop a biomass-to-biofuels course at the University of Vermont.
  2. Vermont Technical College, Course Development — $20,000 to develop biomass-to-biofuels course modules at Vermont Technical College.
  3. Renewable Energy of Vermont — $28,800 to grow the network of biofuels and biomass organizations and companies in the state.
  4. UVM Extension, Oilseed Crops — $67,000 to develop oilseed production recommendations through research with the goal of expanding biofuel production in Vermont.
  5. Borderview Farm — $40,000 to complete a small-scale biofuels research facility for research and farmer education activities in Vermont.
  6. Clear Brook Farm — $20,000 to research the most efficient and cost effective means of growing and handling oilseed crops for biodiesel production, among a group of Bennington County (Vermont) small-farms within a 30 mile radius from State Line Biofuels.
  7. Ekolott Farm — $17,000 to gather and analyze agronomic, economic and logistical data on methods of sunflower oilseed crop production and processing in Vermont’s upper Connecticut River Valley.
  8. North Hardwick Dairy — $13,000 to gather and analyze agronomic, economic and logistical data on methods of sunflower oilseed crop production and processing in Northeastern Vermont.
  9. Woods Market Garden — $20,000 to gather comparative agronomic and economic data on organic and conventional methods of oilseed crop production and processing on two Vermont farms.
  10. Rainbow Valley Biodiesel — $65,000 to expand on-farm biodiesel production capacity in Vermont, thereby reducing the amount of petroleum fuel needed for operations at Rainbow Valley Farm and other neighboring farms in Rutland and Addison counties.
  11. State Line Farm — $30,000 to enhance the oilseed processing and biodiesel production facility at State Line Biofuels.
  12. UVM Extension, Grass Energy — $58,500 to develop perennial grass biomass production and management recommendations through research with the goal of expanding biomass production in Vermont.
  13. Algaepower — $20,000 to quantitatively estimate the increase in lipid production by the freshwater microalgae Chlorella vulgaris grown in especially designed Algeponics® system, and correlate with the nutrient recovery data.
  14. Carbon Harvest — $20,000 to select appropriate algal species and to establish the physiochemical requirements for culturing them using combustion gases from a landfill CHP plant and nutrients from aquaculture.
  15. General Systems Research — $20,000 to address challenges in developing native algae feedstock for oil production and to integrate algae production with the treatment of effluent, such as farm manure wastewater.
  16. Bourne’s Energy — $45,000 to expand the commercial availability of biodiesel as heating or transportation fuel in Vermont.
  17. D&C Transport — $32,500 to expand the commercial availability of biodiesel as heating or transportation fuel in Vermont.

 

The third round of DOE funding from 2011 through 2013 currently supports 14 projects and the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont.

  1. UVM Extension, Oilseed Crops — $65,000 to demonstrate oilseed production techniques to enhance farmer knowledge with the goal of expanding biofuel production in Vermont, including overall crop and pest management practices to improve yields, quality and economic viability of oilseed crops.
  2. UVM Extension, Grass Biomass — $78,000 to develop perennial grass biomass production and management recommendations through research with the goal of expanding biomass production in Vermont.
  3. Borderview Farm — $50,000 to improve the operational capacity and efficiency of the oilseed and biodiesel processing research center in Grand Isle County, including oilseed conveyance, drying, cleaning and storage infrastructure, and fuel quality.
  4. State Line Biofuels — $25,000 to provide new oilseed conveyance, drying, cleaning and storage infrastructure to support ongoing research and development of oilseeds being grown for fuel, feed and food in Southwestern Vermont.
  5. Ekolott Farm — $30,000 to gather comparative agronomic and economic data on organic and conventional methods of oilseed crop production and processing and evaluate organic desiccants, deer repellant, planting and harvest times to reduce crop loss to birds and deer.
  6. Otter Creek Biofuels — $30,000 to gather comparative agronomic and economic data on organic and conventional methods of oilseed crop production and processing in order to expand oilseed crop production and oilseed pressing in West Central Vermont for eventual processing into biodiesel.
  7. Nava Bioenergy — $45,000 to improve processing technology, refine the process chain, and maximize production in order to lower production costs and improve profitability of biodiesel production in Central Vermont.
  8. Rainbow Valley Biodiesel — $35,250 to increase grain storage and oilseed pressing capacity in order to expand the scale of oilseed and biodiesel production in Addison and Rutland counties.
  9. Renewable Energy Resources — $100,000 to research and develop a mobile briquetting system capable of processing grass fibers into densified fuel at a rate of at least 1 ton per hour.
  10. Wood Pellet Dealers — $50,000 to support R&D at five fuel or energy companies, including Bournes Energy, Vermont Wood Pellet, LLC, Energy Co-op of Vermont (with Pellergy Systems and BBAF VT), Acorn Energy Co-op (with Bushey & Bordeau), and SunWood Biomass, for evaluating different bulk wood pellet distribution, delivery and storage options.
  11. Carbon Harvest — $64,515 to determine the suitability of landfill gas combustion products as a supply of CO2-rich flue gas for commercial algae cultivation.
  12. Green Mountain Spark — $65,000 to experiment with using a photochemical process to separate oil from algae and turn the oil into biofuel in the same photobioreactor.
  13. General Systems Research — $65,000 to identify and cultivate native microalgae species suited for cold weather and to use a rapid screening method of lipids quantification.
  14. UVM-School of Engineering — $44,828 to design novel flow control devices based on the concept of “ordered” turbulence in order to optimize algae growth rate through enhanced vertical mixing without increasing the energy cost necessary to produce the flow.