Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

August 17, 2017 |

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW).

The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary team including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois. The team concluded that nearly $2 million in energy could be recouped by harvesting the biofuel for energy. They also calculated that this would not only offset the cost of mowing, but also generate net revenue.

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