CAFES at UCM Joins Cass County in Development of Alternative Fuel Facility
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 16, 2010) - The Center for Alternative Fuels and Environmental Sciences at the University of Central Missouri has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Cass County, Missouri Commission and Universal Asset Management LLC for the development of a facility that will produce natural gas for the heating of the Cass County Justice Center in Harrisonville, Mo.
UCM President Charles Ambrose joined Bill Cook, Cass County associate commissioner for District 1, and Gary Lee, president of Universal Asset Management LLC, in signing the agreement that outlines the cooperative effort between the three entities.
When completed, the proposed facility will be used for the anaerobic digestion of genetically modified sorghum silage. The byproduct of the process will be the natural gas, as well as a high-grade, organic commercial fertilizer for commercial distribution.
Cass County has contracted with Universal Asset Management LLC, an engineering group, for the development of this project. In turn, CAFES at UCM will provide consultation, development and analytical support for the development of a prototype and conduct a pre-production run of the pilot plan.
According to Scott McKay, chair of the UCM Department of Chemistry and director of CAFES at UCM, the project aligns with the mission of CAFES at UCM by providing UCM undergraduates with opportunities for research, along with high-impact industry training opportunities in alternative energy, while building partnerships through consultation agreements with industrial and agricultural clients.
“This is an excellent opportunity for UCM to join forces with the area business community and local government to embark on a project that will provide long-range benefits for all of the parties involved,” Ambrose said. “UCM is pleased to share the expertise of CAFES at UCM in the development of a project that aligns with the university’s commitment to sustainability while providing excellent opportunities for our students.”