Years of tree and biomass research jointly performed by Florida Statue University and Shell Energy have resulted in the planting of the biggest single Energy Crop Plantation in the entire United States.
This Plantation spans around 130 acres and is home to over 250,000 planted trees including cottonwoods (native to the area) and eucalyptus (which are non-invasive) together with different row crops such as soybeans.
This company of super trees was brought into being as an outcome of the University’s joint research study with other companies consisting of Shell, the United States Department of Energy, the Common Purpose Institute, and groups of various people who are working to develop alternative energy sources (those not depending on fossil fuels) for the future.
This research is focused on the planting and processing of biomass energy products from fast-growing crops referred to as closed loop biomass or simply energy crops.
The task seeks to establish power plants such as wood-pulp or wood-fiber offering plants; clean biogas to be used by markets; plants such as surgarcane which can be used for ethanol development; and crops such as soybeans for biodiesel fuel production.
University participation in alternative energy research is likewise going on at Penn State University.
At Penn State, unique research study is focused on the development of hydrogen power as a practical alternative energy source. Hydrogen energy burns clean and can be endlessly renewed, as it can be drawn from water and crop plants.
OSU will lead the way in researching alternative energy as it represents the interests of the Pacific Islands, the US’ Pacific Territories, and nine western states. Specific research study into alternative energy being performed at OSU by varios teams of researchers right now include a job to figure out how to effectively convert such products as straw into a source of sustainable biomass fuel, and another one intended at studying how to effectively transform wood fibers into liquid fuel.