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Long-term miscanthus study shows better results than from switchgrass

In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois show that in the country’s first long-term studies into miscanthus that even though production slips after five years, biomass production is still double that of switchgrass. The results in the US are even more promising than those from studies done in Europe. Miscanthus was grown in seven […]

December 5, 2013 More

Algenetix teams with Alchimia to develop high-oil miscanthus

In California, Algenetix announced a partnership to develop high-oil miscanthus as a new source of biodiesel and biojet fuel. The partnership combines Algenetix’s proprietary, trademarked PhotoSeed technology expanding oil production into new plant species and physiologies with Alchimia’s oil extraction and purification technology to economically produce oil and other coproducts from the perennial grass at scale.

October 8, 2013 More

Politics getting in the way of supporting crop insurance for miscanthus

In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville say that miscanthus growers need crop insurance, but growing anti-biofuel sentiment by those who think the RFS should be dropped or that biofuels competes with food mixed with the lack of a biomass-based group to help farmers grow it and […]

September 19, 2013 More

Miscanthus farmers look for alternative markets ahead of cellulosic ethanol

In Ohio, farmers that planted miscanthus as part of a $5.7 million Biomass Crop Assistance Program grant in 2011 don’t yet have the $200 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Ashtabula County that they were expecting to sell their harvest to, but there appear to be 40 other uses that they can sell their crops for […]

September 16, 2013 More

Missouri power plant to test co-firing corn stover/miscanthus pellet blend

In Missouri, the Columbia Municipal Power Plant will begin co-firing tests with corn stover and miscanthus pellets beginning in December. Wood is currently being co-fired with coal to reduce GHG emissions but the new pellets will go further towards reducing those emissions. Columbia-based Enginuity produces the pellets. The pellets are expected to work better than […]

September 5, 2013 More

Miscanthus co-firing fails due to moisture issues and “fireballs”

In Missouri, MFA Oil’s attempts to co-fire coal with miscanthus pellets has failed, in part because the pellets were susceptible to moisture and then disintegrated. When the pellets were burned, they burned much faster than the coal and caused “fireballs” before entering the stoker. In order to make the fuel work, changes will need to […]

August 26, 2013 More

UofI researchers find new greener commercial-ready method for miscanthus

In Illinois, two researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a greener method to pre-treat miscanthus using butadiene sulfone in the presence of water. The butadiene sulfone can be recovered at potentially high yields and can be re-used after pretreatment. Existing commercial availability of production and recovery of butadiene sulfone means the technological breakthrough […]

May 29, 2013 More

“Scientists develop ‘green’ pretreatment of Miscanthus for biofuels.”

Today on Twitter: sputnik_nyc Updates: Scientists develop ‘green’ pretreatment of Miscanthus for biofuels BerkeleyLab Turning Up the Heat on Biofuels. Douglas Clark making enzymes tolerate higher heat. @AmerChemSociety ProSyn: Bjørn Lomborg: “Biofuels have become an almost unstoppable and unmitigated disaster.”

May 16, 2013 More

Miscanthus reduces escape of nitrogen into the environment, according to study

In Illinois, miscanthus and other biofuels crops actually reduce the escape of nitrogen into the environment, according to a study performed at the University of Illinois. The study compared miscanthus, switchgrass, and mixed prairie species against a traditional corn and soybean rotation, and discovered that certain perennial crops quickly reduce nitrate in the soil. The […]

January 13, 2013 More

Researchers find delaying flowering in miscanthus can boost production 50%

In the UK, researchers from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences in Aberystwyth University working on the biofuel crop Miscanthus sacchariflorus, commonly known as Asian Elephant Grass, have shown that delaying flowering in the plant can result in a 50% growth increase. The discovery could have important implications for biofuel production, leading to […]

January 7, 2013 More