Grantee Research Project Results
Biofuel and Bioenergy Production from Sugar BeetsEPA Grant Number: SU834729
Title: Biofuel and Bioenergy Production from Sugar Beets
Investigators: Zhang, Ruihong , Nguyen, Lynn , Williams, Kelly
Institution: University of California - Davis
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2010 through August 14, 2011
Project Amount: $9,486
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2010)
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Agriculture , P3 Challenge Area - Energy
Design an integrated, efficient biological system that can be used to convert sugar beets into biofuel and bioenergy.Approach:
- Design industrial scale system that will produce ethanol and biogas from ground sugar beet.
- Design, build, and test lab scale system based on industrial design.
- Determine optimal conditions for ethanol and biogas production.
- Develop engineering design and operating manual for the integrated ethanol and biogas production system.
A design spreadsheet model for sizing and analyzing the integrated ethanol and biogas production system, a prototype of the ethanol and biogas production system in the laboratory that has been tested and documented with performance data, and a design and operating manual for the system.Supplemental Keywords:
Agriculture, greenhouse gas emission, rural economy;