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Department of Energy grant focuses on bioenergy systems landscape design

A project granted to Antares Inc. focuses on incorporating landscape design principles to improve water quality and biomass supply for bioenergy in the Midwest.
Harvesting shrub willow, a dedicated perennial biomass crop, at the Penn State Rockview field.

Harvesting shrub willow, a dedicated perennial biomass crop, at the Penn State Rockview field.

Through two graduate students working under the supervision of Dr. Tom Richard and Dr. Armen Kemanian, Penn State will research pathways to establish sustainable landscapes and sustainable biomass supply chains. The study area is in the Midwest (Iowa), and we seek to expand this work to other heavily altered ecosystems including the Chesapeake Bay, where biomass in the form of buffer strips or full strategically placed fields can produce clean energy that cleans the water and improves the environment.