[PCA] NEWS: Switchgrass: Finally a viable biofuel?

Olivia Kwong plant at plantconservation.org
Thu Jun 12 14:59:11 CDT 2008


Switchgrass: Finally a viable biofuel?
Using switchgrass as a source of energy could take off, supporters say, if 
we stop thinking of it as a liquid-fuel replacement
Last Updated: Monday, June 9, 2008 | 8:55 AM ET
By Jerry Langton CBC News

While the idea of using switchgrass as a biofuel has been around for a 
while, it really hasn't taken off. It still could, supporters say, if 
people would simply start using it the right way.

Switchgrass is a perennial grass native to much of the prairie. It grows 
extremely quickly, sometimes up to 2.2 metres tall. It grows on land not 
considered suitable for food crops, yielding about 15 to 20 tonnes per 
hectare. And, when dried, it burns very efficiently.

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