South Carolina focuses on trees

By | December 09, 2009
Clemson University Restoration Institute and South Carolina-based ArborGen LLC, a commercial tree producer, have partnered to develop woody biomass as dedicated biofuels feedstock. The partners will identify areas of joint research, including plant genetics and development, field trials, equipment engineering, material handling and woody biomass pretreatment.

"This relationship marks a big move for the collaborative into trees as a feedstock," said Clemson University Research Institute corporate operations director Karl Kelly. "ArborGen is a key industry leader that can develop our existing switchgrass-to-ethanol program into other forms of biomass."

In addition Clemson will bring ArborGen into the Bioenergy Collaborative, which is a public-private partnership developed to investigate commercial ethanol production in South Carolina. Other members of the collaborative include, Fagen Engineering LLC and Dyadic International Inc.