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The focus of the Biomass Energy Center is to coordinate and facilitate research and outreach across the university, building teams to address the complete value chain of biomass energy systems.

This value chain can be classified into four categories:

  1. Improved production of biomass feedstocks;
  2. Integration of biomass production into sustainable agrosystems;
  3. Conversion of biomass into energy; and
  4. Technology transfer to companies, state agencies, NGOs, and citizens throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Penn State has significant strengths in each these four focal areas— each have a significant number of faculty involved, with a critical mass of researchers emerging in many different areas.