A plot of grasses waving 20 feet high under the September sun could be the cash crop of the future for farmers and a source of fuel for your car in the coming decades.
About 50 interested farmers, academics, and biofuels experts toured the five acres of energy crops under study at N.C. State University’s Mountain Research Horticultural Research Station Wednesday for the first Western North Carolina Bioenergy Field Day. ...
The energy canes grow easily at the Mills River site, but some are so tough, they have to be harvested by chainsaw. But once established, the perennials can come back for 20-30 years and need no irrigation.
An acre of giant miscanthus can produce about 12-15 tons of biomass that can produce up to 1,200 gallons of ethanol fuel. ...Read the full article