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Experimental Feedstock Harvest

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The objectives for conducting an experimental feedstock harvest, given a completed feedstock feasibility model and analysis, are two fold. First, outreach to the grower community needs to yield motivated and interested grower participants on whose fields the harvest, collection and storage activities will take place. These activities will demonstrate the harvest and collection process to local growers to build confidence and momentum for future grower subscriptions and larger demonstration harvests as required in subsequent years.

Second, greater feedstock supply chain cost certainty must be improved by advancing an understanding of the resources, equipment, and processes that are under the project's control and the field conditions that are not in the project's control. Broadly, field conditions are created by weather and other environmental conditions and the agronomic practices and decision-making of the individual grower on a specific field. This will be accomplished by developing experiments designed to identify field, weather, and residue conditions and their impact on a range of operating equipment, equipment settings and practices. By carrying out these experiments on a representative sample of fields, the harvest will allow the project to identify the critical performance variables that will inform the design of a supply system that can sustainably deliver the lowest cost biomass feedstock to the future plant gate. The specific scope of work will define the supply chain areas (CHST) in which a greater cost certainty will be advanced. A far more detailed baseline feedstock supply chain cost model is the main deliverable.

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