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J&S Construction Company is proud to announce a contract signing with Genera Biomass, LLC, to construct the Biomass Innovation Park, located in Vonore, Tenn.

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation Park, operated by Genera Energy, is a 22-acre, one-of-a-kind campus about 3 hours from Cool Springs which will integrate and optimize the entire biomass supply chain.  Using the design-build approach to construction, J&S Construction has worked closely with Genera in helping them design the facilities, site plans and helping meet their budget and schedule.

The park is designed to accommodate future expansion and introduce new technologies and equipment for processing biomass to meet the specifications of biorefineries and other downstream conversion processes.  The campus will serve as the foundation for all biomass feedstock used to create biofuels, biochemicals, bioproducts, biomaterials, biopower and bioenergy.

“The Biomass Innovation Park will be a first-of-kind research, development and demonstration campus for the purpose of researching and optimizing receiving, storage, handling, pre-processing, transportation, and characterization of switchgrass and other types of biomass at commercial scale.  Our goal is to demonstrate and improve the integrated biomass supply chain, between the farm gate and the biorefinery gate.  We believe the Biomass Innovation Park is a key step toward producing cellulosic biofuels competitively and sustainably and will be a foundation for developing a robust cellulosic biofuels industry in Tennessee and beyond.” said Dr. Kelly Tiller, President and CEO of Genera Energy.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected by Genera Biomass, LLC to head the construction phase of this project,” said Johnny Stites, CEO of J&S Construction Company.  “I think we were selected because of the advanced delivery methods we use in the construction process that assures a predictable result for our clients and reduces their risk”.

The campus will soon feature a 6,400 square-foot office building, a 7,500 square-foot building for switchgrass bale storage, an 1,800 square-foot building for on-site equipment maintenance and storage, a 3,500 square-foot process building for conversion process demonstration, as well as associated site improvements.  There will also be two large storage silos and a large switchgrass reclaiming pit for receiving field chopped material as well as on-site open storage for bales of switchgrass and several switchgrass demonstration plots.

Switchgrass biofuel

Switchgrass biofuel

The park is being funded by a combination of state and federal funds and requires a set cost.  Therefore, Genera Energy has chosen J&S Construction to use its skills in the design-build method of construction to complete this project.

About Genera Energy:

Genera Energy is Tennessee limited liability company based in Knoxville wholly owned by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. Genera focuses on developing integrated biomass supply chain solutions and strategic partnerships to support the emerging bioenergy industry. Genera’s portfolio of public-private clean energy projects includes biofuels, biomass, energy crops, and clean energy investment. Genera plays a key role in implementing the University of Tennessee’s Biofuels Initiative, a $70.5 million State investment in developing a cellulosic biofuels industry in Tennessee, with a farm field to filling station comprehensive approach. Genera has partnered with DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, LLC in the construction and operation of a demonstration scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Vonore, Tennessee, using switchgrass produced on 6,000 acres in East Tennessee.