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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Old McDonald Had Some Switchgrass...

Cellulosic ethanol farm gets started - Green Machines-

An experimental farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle is being planted with switchgrass with hopes of one day providing a new feedstock for ethanol production. We've already heard the litany of complaints against corn. The upside with switchgrass is that it is noncompetitive with human food sources and it is a pretty tough plant (I could use more of that quality in my landscaping). A biorefinery should be up and running by 2010 with the dream of achieving switchgrass-based ethanol by 2017. I'm a big fan of switchgrass, but like so many other promising new fuel sources any real impact is years off.

photo source: wikipedia

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