UVM Extension Ag Engineering

This page is a collection of publications that capture the work of Dr. Sid Bosworth, UVM Plant and Soil Science Department on grass crops for grown for energy use.

Almost a third of Vermont’s total energy demand is for heating purposes and nearly 60% of the heating fuel used in the state is No.2 heating oil.  Perennial forage grasses have the potential to be utilized as a biomass fuel for heating which could displace heating oil, a petroleum product subject to fluctuating prices.  How much of Vermont’s demand for fossil-derived fuels can be offset with local, renewable grasses? UVM Extension and the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as part of the Vermont Grass Energy Partnership, is working to evaluate the limits of grass as a fuel feedstock, by studying the agronomy, chemical analysis, combustion performance, emissions and economic feasibility of grass-derived fuels. This site is devoted to agronomic research updates on the project as well as linkages to partner sites and other important grass energy resources.

Project Reports

Articles and Factsheets

Crop Budget and Cost Estimator

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