UT reports on Biofuels Initiative

UT reports on Biofuels Initiative

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 11:04 pm

KNOXVILLE — In a routine update to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, UT Executive Vice President David Millhorn reported last month that the university’s much celebrated Biofuels Initiative remains on track to construct and open a biorefinery in 2010. Millhorn reported the university continues to finalize business arrangements with strategic partners including Mascoma Inc. “The university is committed to this project which has tremendous economic development opportunities throughout the state and will provide solutions to a critical national need for sustainable alternative energy,” Millhorn said. The biorefinery is to be located in Vonore at the Niles Ferry Industrial Park and will be among the nation’s few facilities contracting with area farmers to produce switchgrass as an energy crop. The university contracts with 16 farmers currently growing switchgrass on some 700 acres for the project, and it anticipates a need for some 6,000 to 8,000 acres of switchgrass by 2010 when the facility commences operations. Published in The Messenger 7.8.08

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