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Renewables Archive

Sep 27, 2017
The deep Switchgrass root system could store tons of atmospheric carbon – removing the cause of global warming.
The Biofuels Feedstock Development Program (BFDP) at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has assembled a team of scientists ranging from economists and energy analysts to plant physiologists and geneticists to lay the groundwork for this new source of renewable energy. Included are researchers at universities, other national laboratories, and agricultural research stations around the nation.

Mar 1, 2016
Cellulosic ethanol is made from the stems, leaves, stalks, and trunks of plants, none of which is used for human food production.
As more and more corn grain is diverted to make ethanol, some groups have become concerned about food shortages. Dr. Bruce Dale, Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) chemical engineering and materials science researcher, has used life cycle analysis tools, which include agricultural data and computer modeling, to study the sustainability of producing biofuels – fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel that are made from renewable resources.

Feb 7, 2016
Because of modern technology, all biomass (plants and trees) is a source of sugar and energy.
All plants, including trees and grasses, are made of carbohydrates, combined with lignin and a small percentage of oils and proteins (although some plants and vegetables are known for their high percentage of oil or protein, they are the exception).