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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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, […]
In North Carolina, farmers and landowners are participating in a unique program from Greensboro-based Repreve Renewables to grow giant miscanthus grass for renewable product solutions. This innovative program provides famers with an economic alternative for underutilized and marginal land. The company developed a comprehensive solution for planting biomass at commercial scale, including solving the significant […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]