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North Dakota Creates New Center for Bio Energy

BioEPIC will be marriage between agriculture and energy industries.

A new Bio Energy and Product Innovation Center at NDSU will identify and enhance opportunities for expanding North Dakota's role in renewable fuels.

"The opportunities related to renewable fuels and products are huge, and North Dakota is a prime spot for that industry to evolve," says NDSU President Joseph Chapman.

"NDSU has more than 60 faculty and staff from about 15 departments and the research extension centers already involved in these efforts. The importance of this center is to bring all those people together, and coordinate programs and activities so we can help grow the economy of the state."

Called BioEPIC, the new center is intended to offer a single site within NDSU for targeted research, extension, education and technology transfer related to biomass production, harvesting, transportation and conversion to bioproducts.

"North Dakota has had an incredible history with the energy and agriculture industries as the backbone of the state. What we are looking at here is to have these two industries move closer together," says D.C. Coston, vice president for agriculture and university extension. "This opens opportunities that will complement both the existing industries, and it will be a marriage that will grow new opportunities."

Ken Hellevang, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and David Saxowsky, associate professor of agribusiness and applied economics, will be co-directors of BioEPIC.

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Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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