Florida-based Applied Research Associates (ARA), along with the University of Florida and its partners, has been awarded a $15 million U.S. Department of Agriculture contract for work on a carinata-based sustainable jet fuel and bioproducts supply chain.
The Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) will work on the five-year project that will consist of academia, industry and other stakeholders. The team will be tasked with removing technological, economic and social barriers regarding the commercial development of carinata for sustainable fuels, feed and chemical production.
Carinata, a non-edible oilseed crop, is being looked at for a sustainable feedstock. It is a good fit with existing agricultural infrastructure, according to the ARA.
Also according to the ARA, the Southeastern United States is ideal for growing carinata on what they call “fallow” ground, during the winter, as a second crop that does not interfere with growing traditional summer cash crops.
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina have millions of acres of row crop land that could be used to grow carinata and is already grown commercially in North Florida and South Georgia on a small scale the ARA said.
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