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Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy: Vermont Bioenergy

Initiative proves biofuel potential for Vermont, concludes ten-year project

By Ellen Kahler

Vermont can produce more of its own biofuel energy, and the environmental and potential economic benefits of local bioenergy have been proven by the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative,a program of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Since 2005, the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative has invested more […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Full Sun Company: Processing the Seeds of Local Food System Change

A Non-GMO canola field in full bloom in Brandon VT. All Photos: Full Sun Company

By Austin Robert Davis

In early 2014 Full Sun Company, a start-up business, was co-founded by Netaka White and Davis McManus. Fueled by an interest in helping family […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Food versus fuel: Biodiesel as part of sustainable agriculture

By Austin Robert Davis

Nationally, corn-based ethanol and palm oil based biodiesel are gaining negative attention for their impacts on the environment and food security. But here in Vermont, farms are producing on-farm biodiesel to power equipment and operations on the farm and the […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Growing Grains in the Northeast

By Deb Heleba

Farmers throughout the Northeast have been growing grains for animal feed on dairy farms for years, although cereal grains have not been grown on a large scale since the 19th century. Back then, wheat and other grains were large parts of the agricultural […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels — the New Introductory Textbook

By Austin Robert Davis

Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuelsis an innovative new textbook that provides insight into the potential and current advances and benefits of biofuel. Contributions include an extensive list of well-respected university extension programs, such as The University of Vermont Research Extension1, as well […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

From Ponds to Fuel Tanks: The Role of Algae in our Energy Future

By Ellen Kahler

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative’s work to uncover potential for a Vermont bioenergy market sector began in 2003. At that time, there was no such thing as a bioenergy industry in the state and producing locally made biodiesel from locally […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Can consumers grow sunflowers for biodiesel?

By Sarah Galbraith, program manager of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

Farmers in Vermont are making their own biodiesel from sunflowers, and maybe you have wondered: Can I do that? (Check out the video “Growing Sunflowers for Biodiesel” at www.vermontbioenergy.com/oilseeds.) You may be interested in increasing self-sufficiency, replacing fossil fuel […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Grass for Heating Fuel in Vermont

By Sarah Galbraith

Grass biomass could make a sizeable contribution to Vermont’s heating needs over time, and could be part of the renewable energy mix required to meet the state’s goal to meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through renewable energy and increased efficiency by 2050.

A new report […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

Growing Sunflowers for Biodiesel Production

By Sarah Galbraith, program manager of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

Oilseed sunflower is the most popular biodiesel feedstock grown in Vermont (distinct from confectionary sunflower). University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team has been conducting research on growing sunflowers for fuel for several years. Their recent manual “Oilseed […]

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From Ponds to Fuel Tanks: The Role of Algae in our Energy Future

By Sarah Galbraith, program manager of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

A great deal of interest about the potential of oil-rich algae as a bioenergy feedstock has surfaced in recent years. It’s already big business in certain parts of the world. In the […]