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  • Ethanol from 20' tall sorghum plants!

    I wonder what dent this makes in the dent corn market.



    http://www.americansorghum.com/20-fo...d-for-ethanol/

    Gulf Ethanol Corporation has advanced its plans for an enhanced ethanol production facility along the Texas Gulf coast that could use the new sorghum plant developed by Texas A&M as its primary feed stock, Texas A&M University and Chevron Corp (NYSE CVX) recently announced the major new alternative fuels initiative.
    The development of “freakishly tall sorghum plants” was designed as an ideal feedstock for Ethanol production by Texas A&M.
    “Standing nearly 20 feet tall, these plants are more than twice the height of regular sorghum and yield double the crop per acre.
    They can survive on little water. They have been bred not to flower, thus trapping more energy within.” (Source: Brett Clanton, Houston Chronicle)
    This is a new paradigm for bioenergy production, said Bill McCutchen, deputy associate director at Texas A&Ms Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
    *snip*

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    Re: Ethanol from 20' tall sorghum plants!

    Originally posted by doom&gloom View Post
    ...This is a new paradigm for bioenergy production, said Bill McCutchen, deputy associate director at Texas A&Ms Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
    *snip*
    No. It's an old paradigm. Use the food quality part of a food crop to ferment alcohol. Sorghum has a high sugar content, making it easy to ferment into alcohol, as rum distilleries have done for centuries.

    The promising new paradigm, not yet achieved commercially at a profit, is to use the woody part of a crop, food or not food , to make alcohol. The chaff and stems of wheat or corn, or non-food grasses or wood pulp. Simultaneous sacchrification and fermentation is one popular version of that holy grail.

    Until now, and including this method, using ethanol as fuel amounts to burning the food.
    It works, but it is foolish.

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      Re: Ethanol from 20' tall sorghum plants!

      Originally posted by thriftyandboringinohio View Post
      ...
      Until now, and including this method, using ethanol as fuel amounts to burning the food.
      It works, but it is foolish.
      +1
      the other issue the whole ethanol/foodcrops to road fuel ignores is rapidly depleting topsoil resources.
      from what i've read, over 90% of the topsoil in the prime ag areas of the midwest have been lost since cultivation of/in the prairies began

      and to replace, what - 2% of imported oil, of which 80% is used for road fuel?

      dunno about anybody else, but i'd rather use/save the dirt for food than use it up just to be stuck in traffic...

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