Bioenergy Day @ UGA


Tuesday, October 8    9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Sponsored by UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute

Experience firsthand how wood and other organic materials generate energy through interactive exhibits developed by staff from the Bioenergy Science Center (BESC) in collaboration with the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS).

“Farming for Fuels” exhibits and lesson plans teach basic concepts such as the carbon cycle, how woody biomass, such as trees and grasses, can produce biofuels, and the technical and economic obstacles to a bio-based fuel economy.

A tractor-trailer scale mobile wood gasifier turns woody biomass into electricity on a small scale – on the spot. The mobile biomass gasifier comes to UGA as the final stop on a “whistle stop tour” across the Southeast.

UGA faculty and students will be on hand to guide visitors, including over 200 seventh grade students from Hilsman Middle School in Athens, through the activities.


Bioenergy Systems Research Institute (BSRI)

The Bioenergy Systems Research Institute at the University of Georgia supports alternative energy, fuel and materials production through the conversion of biomass. The institute encourages and facilitates research projects in bioenergy that pool UGA’s strengths in forestry, environmental science and engineering with carbohydrate science, genetics and microbiology. The institute also supports education and training of scientists as well as outreach projects designed to involve public and private stakeholders in the development of next-generation bioenergy technologies.

BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)

The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a partnership of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Georgia and other university and industry partners. It is one of three bioenergy research centers established by Department of Energy in 2007 to accelerate progress toward development of liquid biofuels that add an affordable, sustainable, domestically produced option to the nation’s energy supply. The BESC team includes more than 300 researchers from 18 academic and commercial partners.

Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS)

The Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) demonstrates real-world solutions towards economically and environmentally sustainable production and conversion of biomass-to-biofuel in the southeast United States. IBSS is a partnership of the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, the University of Georgia, Auburn University and other academic and industrial partners. The partnership is supported by the USDA.

Office of Service-Learning

The UGA Office of Service-Learning (OSL) supports academic service-learning and community engagement initiatives designed to enhance students’ civic and academic learning, promote engaged research that is responsive to community needs, and contribute to the public good through mutually beneficial community-university partnerships.

More information: Contact; 706/542-3430