Tag: miscanthus

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?

August 8, 2013 |

Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners? Hot molecules, big markets, proven technologies, ready finance, supportive policy. Sometimes they feel  miles away, sometimes right at hand. But none of them mean anything without sustainable, affordable, reliable, available […]

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UofI researchers find new greener commercial-ready method for miscanthus

UofI researchers find new greener commercial-ready method for miscanthus

May 29, 2013 |

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 […]

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

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

May 16, 2013 |

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.”

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

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

January 13, 2013 |

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 […]

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Researchers find delaying flowering in miscanthus can boost production 50%

Researchers find delaying flowering in miscanthus can boost production 50%

January 7, 2013 |

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 […]

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Chemtex works through permitting for $200m refinery

Chemtex works through permitting for $200m refinery

December 24, 2012 |

In North Carolina, Chemtex is embroiled in permitting for a $200m refinery production plant set to open at the end of 2015. The company sent a blueprint for the plant to the City Council and has received great feedback thus far. The plant will demand the cultivation of 20,000 acres of energy grasses, including switchgrass […]

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USDA expands BCAP in North Carolina with Repreve and Chemtex

USDA expands BCAP in North Carolina with Repreve and Chemtex

July 29, 2012 |

In North Carolina, the USDA has expanded their Biomass Crop Assistance Program with plans to invest $4 million in annual payments to miscanthus and switchgrass farmers. The project area will encompass 11 counties, and is partnering with Repreve Renewables and Chemtex. Read more here.

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GE Aviation commits to buying 5 million gallons annually

GE Aviation commits to buying 5 million gallons annually

July 9, 2012 |

In Ohio, GE has committed to buy 5 million gallons of biofuels annually for its aviation division, starting in January 2015. The commitment totals half of the 10 million gallons used at the company’s jet engine testing facilities near Cincinnattti. Many Ohioans see a kickstart for the crop economy, which already has the capability to […]

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Miscanthus, other feedstocks deemed invasive in National Wildlife Federation report.

Miscanthus, other feedstocks deemed invasive in National Wildlife Federation report.

June 24, 2012 |

In Virginia, scientists from the National Wildlife Federation released a report regarding species of plants used for biofuels feedstocks that have recently been labeled as harmful invaders. The list includes giant reed, canary grass, and napiergrass, as well as the Cylindro strain of algae. The report also warns about miscanthus, which can threaten natural habitats. […]

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New Zealand undertakes miscanthus trial

New Zealand undertakes miscanthus trial

April 25, 2012 |

In New Zealand, researchers at Otango University are exploring the use of miscanthus as a possible biofuel feedstock locally where 7,000 plants will be sited to test frost resistance and growth patterns. As the plant doesn’t seed, it shouldn’t pose the threat of becoming a pest, which could open up opportunities to use miscanthus to […]

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