Bioenvironmental Engineering Research
Bioenvironmental Engineering is the application of engineering principles and design to natural resources and environmental protection. At LSU-BAE, several of our research labs focus on the following specializations in bioenvironmental engineering:
- Bioenergy / Renewable Fuels
- Water Resources
- Precision Agriculture
Renewable Energy, Environmental, Byproduct Utilization & Biosensors Lab
The REEBUB group designs solutions for bioenergy and environmental applications:
- Use of solar stills for cost-effective drying of wet plant biomass and animal wastes
- Low-cost biomass gasification research for on-farm use and hydrothermal liquefaction to convert wet biomass slurries (wood chips, animal wastes) into bio-oils
- Production of biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks using an integrated approach (from harvesting techniques, storage and post-harvest processing)
- Extraction and trans-esterification of oils into biodiesel using microwave technology
Designing systems for irrigation, drainage and flow erosion applications.
Projects include irrigation applications with energy efficiency and water conservation improvements, water-quality modeling applications and investigation of drainage-water management system effects on water quality in agricultural systems where elevation changes are low.
Precision Ag integrates geo-spatial sensors, electronics and geographic information systems (GIS) in farming applications for the analysis and development of new agricultural equipment and techniques.
Testing and performance evaluation of yield monitors, variable-rate application systems (aerial and ground) GPS suitability for aerial application, time-delay issues on variable application and definition of quality issues on variable-rate application are explored.