“These results emphasized that the consideration of weather impacts on farm production activities is extremely important when selecting the appropriate regional energy crop,” Shastri concluded.
This study, "Impact of weather on biomass feedstock harvest system operations and cost,” was presented at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky in August of 2011. Researchers include Shastri, and Alan Hansen, Luis Rodriguez and K.C. Ting, faculty in the Department of ABE and members of the Energy Biosciences Institute in the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois.
The Energy Biosciences Institute is a public-private collaboration in which bioscience and biological techniques are being applied to help solve the global energy challenge. The partnership, funded with $500 million for 10 years from the energy company BP, includes researchers from UC Berkeley, the University of Illinois, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Details about the EBI can be found on the website www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org.