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North Central Regional Sun Grant Center

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The North Central Regional Sun Grant Center is located at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. The Center consists of 10 states including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

We are one of five Regional Sun Grant Centers within the Sun Grant Initiative which was authorized in the 2002, 2008, 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. All regions are working together to further establish a biobased economy through our national network of land-grant universities and federally-funded laboratories. The five Sun Grant Centers each use their unique regional resources to meet the common goal of developing biobased alternatives and providing educational programs on America's energy demands while offering economic opportunities for rural areas.

The North Central Sun Grant Center manages a diverse portfolio of projects focusing on bio-renewable energy and products. Funding for these projects comes from the US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation and Department of Defense.

The First Fifteen Years Report
SunGrant Initiative - The First Fifteen Years
Sun Grant Ten Year Report
North Central Regional Sun Grant Center: Ten-Year Report - 2008-2017
Regional Feed Stock Report
2016 Regional Feedstock Partnership Summary Report

 

 

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asphalt sample being tested

Sun Grant project explores adding cellulose fibers to asphalt

Assistant professor Rouzbeh Ghabchi led a Sun Grant study to determine whether cellulose fibers, harvested from agricultural residue and forest byproducts, can be integrated into asphalt pavement mixtures.

Gent becomes North Central Sun Grant regional director

Professor Stephen Gent of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is the regional director of the North Central Sun Grant Center.

SDSU scientist extracts cellulose from cornstalks

Assistant professor Srinivas Janaswamy is extracting cellulose from corn stover and solubilizing it to make strong, biodegradable films.