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Clean & Green: A Comprehensive Review of "Syngas" Cleanup for Biomass Gasification

Contrasting with ethanol production with microorganisms to ferment raw material into liquid fuel, biomass materials can be directly "gasified" through controlled burning (called pyrolysis, literally "fire splitting"). Gasification releases energy stored in complex plant structures like cellulose, just like a campfire or fireplace does. The difference is that "gasification" is designed to capture the byproducts of combustion including gaseous carbon monoxide, methane, plus carbon dioxide and water vapor. This gaseous mix, called "synthesis gas," forms the building blocks of "engineered" liquid fuels. (MORE)

The online version of this review is available in the June 2015 edition of the journal Applied Energy. It will appear in print in the October, 2015 edition of the journal.

Check out the publication online or download the citation with metadata from the IBSS Zotero Account.


Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service 


The Southeastern Biomass Interactive Mapping Service (IMS) is a tool for exploring the biomass resources and the competitors who use these resources in the southeast US. It allows users to spatially examine feedstock, competitors for feedstock and the infrastructure for moving feedstock and how they are interconnected and distributed across the landscape. 

Currently users can examine nearby wood-using facilities around any given point placed on the map. We are currently looking for individuals to test the site and provide eedback. It is a work in progress and we need your help to improve the IMS and make it the most useful tool possible. We are looking for the following testing:

  • Testing for ease of use and finding bugs
  • Feedback on other layers to add or additional tools

If you are interested in helping test the tool, know of data that could be utilized, or have further questions please contact: Jessica Knight (


IBSS Annual Meeting - Registration now online!


Please make plans to attend the fourth annual meeting of IBSS! Registration is now available online. Please register for the annual meeting by completing the form (link below).

Dates: August 12-14, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Registration: Online Form

IBSS at ABABE 2015

Our SEED Fellows all presented posters yesterday at the ASABE Annual International Meeting in New Orleans. The posters were presented in the undergraduate student poster competition. 2015 SEED Fellows are:

Geoffrey Lein - AU (working at Idaho National Lab)
Luke Johnson - NCSU (working at Idaho National Lab)
Kirk Copley - AU (working at Oak Ridge National Lab)
Eric Vogt - AU (working at Oak Ridge National Lab)
Benjamin King - AU (working at Forest Concepts)
Gage Brazzel - UT (working at Genera Energy, Inc.)
Emma Tobin - UT (working at Oak Ridge National Lab)
Brandon Johnson - NCSU (working at Genera Energy, Inc.)

Two students will be recognized at the Wednesday awards luncheon for their posters:
  • 1st place - Emma Tobin (UT) - Interpreting the Sustainability of Southeastern U.S. Wood Pellet Export
  • 2nd place - Gage Brazzel (UT) - Membranes and Microfiltration and their use in Biomass Processing
Download more information on the posters presented at ASABE! (MORE)

Biomass harvest photos show IBSS crews at Auburn University working poplar and eucalyptus harvests at Belle Mina and Fairhope, Alabama. The Fairhope demonstration was replanted with eucalyptus in April 2013 at Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center at 10' x 8' ft (545 trees/ac.) and 10' x 4' (1089 trees/ac.). The Belle Mina site is at Auburn University's Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center, where a 6.5 acre cottonwood/hybrid poplar site was planted in 2012 in 10' x 7', 10' x 4' and 10' x 3' blocks.

The IBSS Partnership is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30410 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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