13 Dec '11, 4pm

Switchgrass as Ideal Biofuel Feedstock?: The biofuel sector is aimed at weaning us off our dependence on oil,

The biofuel sector is aimed at weaning us off our dependence on oil, but what of biofuel producers' dependence on corn? American bioethanol production is still vastly reliant on corn as a feedstock. In the short term, with total output volume still relatively low, corn remains a viable feedstock option. But as ethanol production continues to ramp up, corn prices will likely increase as biofuel producers compete with corn purchasers in the food and grain markets. What alternatives do we have? A new research review published today in the journal GCB Bioenergy states that switchgrass is indeed viable as a cellulosic feedstock, as has been previously suggested, and that it may have advantages in carbon accumulation over other options. "We reviewed over 100 articles on switchgrass, which found that this crop has a considerable ability to accumulate carbon in the soil compared t...

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