IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
BIOMASS PLANTING FIELD DAY OFFERS DEMONSTRATION AND INFORMATION ON DEDICATED ENERGY CROP PRODUCTION
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- May 2, 2014 -- The Office of Sustainability at the University of Iowa and REPREVE RENEWABLES are holding a field day and planting demonstration of giant miscanthus for biomass production on Wednesday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3590 Highway 1, S.W., Iowa City.
The University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project is planting giant miscanthus at a 13-acre plot in the continued effort to better understand the crop and its fit in southeast Iowa," says Ferman Milster, principal engineer for renewables with the Office of Sustainability. "The field day allows people interested in biomass production to see giant miscanthus rhizomes planted with specially-designed equipment and to learn more about the agronomic and economic benefits of growing the crop."
Participating in the event by providing rhizomes and specialty equipment is REPREVE RENEWABLES, LLC, developer of the ACCU YIELD(tm) System. It is comprised of three elements: the ACCU LIFTER(tm) machine for harvesting giant miscanthus rhizomes from parent plants; the ACCU PROCESSOR(tm) unit which cleans and sorts rhizomes in preparation for planting; and the ACCU DROP(r) planter that accurately plants according to a distinct pattern, ensuring a strong stand that is proven to yield more, more quickly. The ACCU DROP planter will be in operation at the field demonstration.
Jeff Wheeler, chief executive officer of REPREVE RENEWABLES, adds, "We value the opportunity to work with the Office of Sustainability at the University of Iowa as it continues to evaluate biomass and giant miscanthus. Our ACCU YIELD System makes commercial scale biomass production possible. We're proud to support the University, and to give Iowa farmers and landowners a look at what is available to them for producing such a crop."
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information: University of Iowa: http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/biomass and REPREVE RENEWABLES: http://www.repreverenewables.com.
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About the University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project
The University of Iowa has a sustainability goal to procure 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The goal builds on the success of the oat hull fuel project started in 2003. Biomass is co-fired (mixed) with coal and burned in boilers, reducing the university's fossil fuel usage. Biomass from dedicated energy crops (miscanthus, switchgrass), timber stand improvement projects, opportunity wood (storm damage, emerald ash borer, etc.), and organic industrial byproducts (oat hulls, paper sludge, etc.) are being developed as part of the renewable fuel portfolio.
In 2013 the University planted a 16-acre pilot miscanthus field in Muscatine County. The University has contracted with REPREVE RENEWABLES to supply the rhizomes and plant the 2014 field which, along with the 2013 field, will be used to better understand growing miscanthus in southeast Iowa, as well as demonstrate planting and harvesting techniques to potential growers. The university is planning to plant an additional 2,500 acres of miscanthus by 2016 to produce up to 25,000 tons per year of biomass fuel.
About REPREVE RENEWABLES
REPREVE RENEWABLES, LLC, provides comprehensive renewable solutions for the biomass market. It is committed to developing renewable solutions for bio-based markets by leveraging crops grown on under-utilized or marginal land to create sustainable biomass production. REPREVE RENEWABLES is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.
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