A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTORS
Welcome to the South Central Sun Grant regional website!
Located on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, we are one of five Sun Grant Centers, all of whom are working together to further establish a biobased economy through our national network of land-grant universities and federally-funded laboratories. Authorized under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, the five Sun Grant Centers each use their unique regional resources to meet the common goal of researching biobased alternatives and providing educational programs on America’s energy demands while offering economic opportunities for rural areas.
Since 2006, the South Central Center has awarded over $4.9 million in US Department of Transportation funds to land-grant university-based researchers within our eight state region consisting of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Prior to the release of the first RFA in 2007, each of the Sun Grant Centers created a list of priority areas suitable to the resources and needs of their region. While the feedstocks vary greatly within the South Central region, projects funded through a competitive grants process all fit within the defined priority areas. To view specifics on our funded projects, see our project overviews.
The South Central region also participates in the US Department of Energy-funded Sun Grant Feedstock Partnership, overseen by Dr. Jim Doolittle, Director of the North Central Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University. The Feedstock Partnership has been charged by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with three tasks: 1) biomass resource assessment, 2) biomass resource development, and 3) biomass resource education and outreach. The Feedstock Partnership has assembled national task teams to complete these OMB tasks.
Furthermore, we are a part of the US Department of Agriculture-NIFA Sun Grant Industrial Ecology Project. Under the leadership of Dr. Larry Walker, Director of the Northeast Sun Grant Center at Cornell University, teams across the US are working together to develop a database of "technology coefficients" and capital, operating, and energy cost functions that capture the non-linear behavior of capacity in three core subsystems of biomass utilization: feedstock production, feedstock logistics and feedstock conversion. From that database, an interactive input/output modeling method for structuring and analyzing agricultural-based biofuels and bioproducts systems will be developed.
We hope this website provides a more in-depth view of our center and its activities. On behalf of the South Central Sun Grant Center, thank you for visiting our website. If you have any questions, please e-mail the center at sungrant.okstate.edu.
Jonathan Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, South Central Sun Grant Center
Ray Huhnke, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Director, South Central Sun Grant Center