24 Nov '14, 2pm

Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong

Bush picked switchgrass because it is less energy intensive and less water intensive. AND the machinery already exists in most areas of the country since it is hay/straw equipment. You don't -need- big equipment to do hay. You need BIG specialized equipment to do root crops. There is a MUCH higher energy input which isn't factored into your calculations. For corn stover, it is -easy-. Just run the baler over your field, in fact it is already done for bedding, and a few other specialized markets. The whole US sugar market is subsidized and we have tariffs against imported sugar. Thank god, because cane sugar is tasteless compared to beet sugar. And we have already experienced trade embargos on sugar. Corn is actually a good short-term choice. If we didn't have ethanol, corn would be at 2 dollars, and the government would have to buy it with no use for it. With ethanol we do...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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