Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

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    Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

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    Kudzu is sometimes called "the vine that ate the South." Anyone who's lived or visited the southeastern U.S. can certainly understand why. The fast-growing vine swarms over trees and buildings and other items. A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about finding a way to use the invasive plant as a biomass ingredient for cellulosic ethanol, with both the University of Toronto and the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigating the issue. We haven't heard much about that plan for a while now, though, and the AP tells us why: the poor economy.

    Even though a 2008 study by the UT and USDA found that kudzu might be able to produce a corn-like 400 liters of ethanol per acre, the follow-up portion of that study – a large-scale proof-of-concept project – never got underway because alt-fuel investments dried up when the recession hit. Low petroleum gas prices also didn't help.

    All is not dead in the kudzu biofuel world, though. A Tennessee-based company – Agrogas – still looking for money to try and commercialize the idea, so we might figure out a way to use the plant before it totally takes over.

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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    I drove down to visit my sister recently in the South, and I was horrified by the way in which Kudzu basically chokes out virtually any other vegetation in the area; the photo contained within ne one's starter post to this thread is telling. I kept thinking that there has to be a way to exploit this plant's massive, relentless expansion.

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    As a graduate of Kudzu League universities, I am all for Kudzu dominating the landscape. Beats Ivy, that's fo sho.
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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    Last time we drove to TX my wife said that it was pretty to see all the wines. I really wanted to just tape her mouth shut. I then explained how the plant destroys everything it touches. She was then ashamed she said it.
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    Too bad we can't get Japanese Beetles to eat that crap. It would give the little *******s something to destroy other than my fruit trees and roses. Then if we could just figure out how to get Starlings and Grackles to eat the Japanese Beetles, we'd have 2 of these 3 invasive species stamped out. Now what to do with the Starlings .... hmmm .... biofuel from birds???
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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    Quote Originally Posted by Orbit Orange View Post
    ...Now what to do with the Starlings .... hmmm .... biofuel from birds???
    You laugh, but there are already in operation a couple (maybe more now) of facilities in the midwest that work with the big chicken and Turkey breeders. After your Thanksgiving turkey is processed, they take the remaining guts, heads, feet, feathers, etc and make....ta da! Biofuel.
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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    You can almost see Kudzu grow, cop the vine today and it's grown back tomorrow. The landscape around Port Gibson, Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi looks like outer space with nothing but strange looking formations. It certainly would be renewable energy, it would renew everyday, every week, a never ending source of ethanol. By the way, it's edible, you can buy cookbooks with nothing but Kudzu recipes, my-o-my an eternal source of energy and food.
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    Coal Creek OHV Park is just outside Oak Ridge TN. It is also a working oil drilling site.
    In addition to the nuclear work at the Oak Ridge, there are windmill generators at the top of the hills. If kudzu becomes a reliable source of biofuel, the area could become the absolute heart of American fuel production.
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    After your Thanksgiving turkey is processed, they take the remaining guts, heads, feet, feathers, etc and make....ta da! Biofuel.
    Very interesting. They could take the whole starling or grackle and turn them into biofuel for all I care, they should get to work on it.
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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    Quote Originally Posted by Orbit Orange View Post
    Too bad we can't get Japanese Beetles to eat that crap. It would give the little *******s something to destroy other than my fruit trees and roses. Then if we could just figure out how to get Starlings and Grackles to eat the Japanese Beetles, we'd have 2 of these 3 invasive species stamped out. Now what to do with the Starlings .... hmmm .... biofuel from birds???

    Goats love the stuff however. Both Knoxville and Chattanooga are using them to clean up the Kudzu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Last time we drove to TX my wife said that it was pretty to see all the wines. I really wanted to just tape her mouth shut. I then explained how the plant destroys everything it touches. She was then ashamed she said it.
    That's a little harsh. Why get angry at her for thinking it was pretty, if she didn't know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_S View Post
    That's a little harsh. Why get angry at her for thinking it was pretty, if she didn't know?
    It was the first time she had ever seen it. I gave her a quick history lesson and the only question she asked then was, "Why did they import it in the first place?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_S View Post
    That's a little harsh. Why get angry at her for thinking it was pretty, if she didn't know?
    Indeed.

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    It was the first time she had ever seen it. I gave her a quick history lesson and the only question she asked then was, "Why did they import it in the first place?"
    They imported lots of stuff that we're paying for now. We can't control history, just rewrite it.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4x4doors View Post
    Coal Creek OHV Park is just outside Oak Ridge TN. It is also a working oil drilling site.
    In addition to the nuclear work at the Oak Ridge, there are windmill generators at the top of the hills. If kudzu becomes a reliable source of biofuel, the area could become the absolute heart of American fuel production.
    Not to mention fine dining. And not just for goats.

    Quote Originally Posted by A Bum In A Bus View Post
    You can almost see Kudzu grow, cop the vine today and it's grown back tomorrow. The landscape around Port Gibson, Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi looks like outer space with nothing but strange looking formations. It certainly would be renewable energy, it would renew everyday, every week, a never ending source of ethanol. By the way, it's edible, you can buy cookbooks with nothing but Kudzu recipes, my-o-my an eternal source of energy and food.
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainDan View Post
    You laugh, but there are already in operation a couple (maybe more now) of facilities in the midwest that work with the big chicken and Turkey breeders. After your Thanksgiving turkey is processed, they take the remaining guts, heads, feet, feathers, etc and make....ta da! Biofuel.
    I thought I saw a couple of turkey feet at the station last fill-up.
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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    My father thinks the spikes in oil prices are intentionally cyclical. Pump up oil prices, make a fortune from people. Then, before alternative energies can really get off the ground, drop the price again. Once the alternative energy companies are almost entirely out of business, it's safe to crank the price of oil up again.

    I should probably buy stock in Exxon. There isn't much else I can do.

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    Re: Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled

    Quote Originally Posted by GMJoe View Post
    Goats love the stuff however. Both Knoxville and Chattanooga are using them to clean up the Kudzu.
    No way! Goats need premium!
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