Switchgrass acres dedicated to ethanol
Slowly but surely, we continue to move forward toward cellulosic ethanol. The refinery is under construction. Now the biomass is being planted.The Oklahoma Bioenergy Center has secured 1,000 acres of land in the Oklahoma Panhandle to plant the largest dedicated switchgrass plot in the world.
It will harvest the grass to provide biomass to the proposed Abengoa biorefinery at Hugoton, which will include a commercial cellulosic demonstration plant.
The Bioenergy Center will demonstrate growing and harvesting techniques for switchgrass, which has been touted as an ideal feedstock for cellulosic ethanol because it does not compete with human and animal food sources.
Planting will begin in the next 45 days near Guymon, Okla.