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USDA funds $1 million for  miscanthus cultivar breeding

USDA funds $1 million for miscanthus cultivar breeding

April 5, 2018 |

In Illinois, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for better-adapted and higher-yielding biomass cultivars ready to plug into the biofuel supply chain in the United States. Researchers at U of […]

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Biofuel market doesn’t provide enough kick for Missouri miscanthus

Biofuel market doesn’t provide enough kick for Missouri miscanthus

May 3, 2017 |

In Missouri, miscanthus farmers are happy with the results they’re getting on their 3,700 acres of marginal land they’ll grow the crop on this year, in no small part thanks to the price stability offered by Renew Biomass who harvests, bales and markets the crop for them. But the market isn’t biofuel because oil prices […]

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U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

April 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, researchers at the University of Iowa have contracted about 800 acres of land from 15 nearby farms to grow miscanthus for replacing coal in its energy supply. The university aims to eliminate coal use by 2025, using 10% miscanthus and the remainder from other biomass fuels. The project allows the university’s energy budget to […]

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Investor liquidates 60% stake in Repreve Renewables as miscanthus fails to launch

Investor liquidates 60% stake in Repreve Renewables as miscanthus fails to launch

January 26, 2017 |

In North Carolina, a yarn producer sold its 60% stake in Repreve Renewables, a company selling miscanthus seeds to farmers in order to boost biofuel production. The main market has, instead, been for poultry bedding due to the slow uptake of the crop for energy use. The company took a $1.66 million loss from selling […]

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Boston company wants to develop 20 miscanthus power plants in Ukraine

Boston company wants to develop 20 miscanthus power plants in Ukraine

September 1, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, Boston-based Ukraine Agro Valley Association wants to set up 20 biomass power plants around the Ukraine in order to wean the country off of Russian gas. The company wants to use miscanthus as feedstock, with 10,000 acres of the crop surrounding each of the 20 plants that would then be converted into pellets […]

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Repreve to provide miscanthus for U of Iowa biomass fuel project

Repreve to provide miscanthus for U of Iowa biomass fuel project

March 16, 2015 |

In North Carolina, Repreve Renewables has been selected to provide the agricultural and business development services for the University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project. The company’s giant miscanthus, planted and established by its Accu Yield system, will be used as fuel in the university’s power plant. Repreve’s next step involves securing land commitments for 2,500 […]

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Bangor University says miscanthus the way to go while other feedstocks are bad

Bangor University says miscanthus the way to go while other feedstocks are bad

March 5, 2015 |

In the UK, in a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best inefficient options for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, per hectare of land used and per £ public subsidy required. At […]

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University of Illinois says miscanthus beats out switchgrass and stover

University of Illinois says miscanthus beats out switchgrass and stover

March 5, 2015 |

In Illinois, a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. Models predict that miscanthus will have higher yield and profit, particularly when grown in poor-quality […]

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Study shows better yield potential for miscanthus in Iowa

Study shows better yield potential for miscanthus in Iowa

July 28, 2014 |

In Iowa, miscanthus would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. The research indicates that miscanthus, a towering grass native to Asia, could have a major role to play in the future of Iowa agriculture, both as a source of biomass for energy and […]

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The Latest in next-wave biofuels feedstock reports: Miscanthus, switchgrass

The Latest in next-wave biofuels feedstock reports: Miscanthus, switchgrass

June 8, 2014 |

Two gems from the University of Illinois on miscanthus. First, this one that found that 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, […]

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