Michigan Technological University Sustainable Futures Institute
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931
Phone: 906.487.3612
Fax: 906.487.2943
e-mail: sfi@mtu.edu

mPseudocolor SEM micrograph of lignin redeposited on cellulose (10,000X).


MUSES: Renewable Energy from Forest Resources- An Investigation of the Complex Interrelated Issues Associated with Generating Automotive Fuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass

Principal Investigator: Ann Maclean
Sponsor: National Science Foundation MUSES
Materials Use: Science, Engineering and Society
Co-PIs: David Flaspohler, Chris Webster, David Shonnard, John Sutherland, Kathy Halvorsen, Barry Solomon.
Award Amount: $1,700,002
Project Duration: 9/1/2005 - 8/31/2010
Project Summary:

Link to MTU MUSES Website

This project places strong emphasis on multidisciplinary research and education on issues related to materials use in the environment spanning the entire energy production chain - feedstock analysis, processing technology, and delivery to the consumer.

Many factors come under consideration: determining the best processing conditions for conversion to biofuel; optimum distance from feedstock to refinery; environmental impacts; total economic costs, forest resource availability, avian biodiversity, bioprocess engineering, transportation logistics, and regional input-output economic analyses.

Additionally, the success of a revolutionary new energy system depends on public understanding and social policy. 

This project investigates the technological, ecological, social, economic, and political issues associated with using wood and grass-based ethanol products in emerging biofuel industries.


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