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CX-003516: Categorical Exclusion Determination

BioEnergy Initiative for Connecticut
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
Date: 08/24/2010
Location(s): Connecticut
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

The University of Connecticut is requesting the Department of Energy funding to further evaluate the viability of poplar trees as a bioenergy crop. The initiative would also include field evaluation and genetic improvement of poplar trees to improve their bioenergy capabilities. The expected outcome of this project would be improved poplar trees as bioenergy feedstocks; new catalysts and lab reactors for biomass conversion; newly designed biofuel processing systems; outreach activities for educating the public about biofuels, inventories of bio-feedstocks; and analyses of economic impact of biofuels in Connecticut.