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The South Dakota State University campus will be closing from 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, due to the Blizzard Warning that will go into effect 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. on Saturday morning.  SDSU will then return to the normal weekend schedule on Saturday morning. Only essential employees as deemed by their supervisors will report to work during the closure hours. On Friday morning, ensure you continue to monitor the weather and work with your supervisor or instructor on your individual travel concerns. For additional closure information please check the Emergency Management website

U.S. Department of Defense

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Army Research Lab, American Science and Technology (AST) and the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center, researchers are working to develop technologies to produce renewable jet fuel (JP-8) from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

Lignocellulosic biomass has an advantage over other biofuels feedstock, such as corn starch, soybeans and sugar cane, because it can be produced quickly and at significantly lower cost than food crops. However, new or improved technologies need to be developed to efficiently convert lignocellulosic materials into "green" liquid Jet fuels.

This interdisciplinary team of scientists, through a multi-phase process, endeavor to:

  1. develop an economically feasible pyrolysis process for converting lignin-rich materials into bio-oil;
  2. develop processing systems to upgrade bio-oil to jet fuel, diesel and other bioproducts; and
  3. develop innovative, efficient and cost-effective production process technologies that can provide energy-efficient fuel for U.S. Armed Forces.

Department of Defense Research Grant Awardee