DailyDirt: Growing Biofuels For Sustainable Energy

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Biology has already figured out how to capture and use solar energy, so it makes some sense that we could try to re-purpose natural mechanisms to do our bidding and fulfill our energy needs. The trick is doing it on a scale that works economically. Plenty of scientists are working on ways to produce biofuels, but so far, the amount of biofuel used commercially is a rounding error compared to the volume of petroleum products that is burned. Still, here are just a few examples of biofuels that could be promising alternatives to burning dinosaur remains. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: biodiesel, biofuel, biogasoline, biomass, biotech, carbon negative, carbon neutral, cellulosic ethanol, energy, gmo, hydrogen, petroleum

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    Anon-Y-Mouse, 24 Oct 2013 @ 12:53pm

    Bio fuels production needs to look at technologies that use unused resources rather than competing for already used ones.

    Plant wastes like stalks, hulls, etc. if edible, are more valuable as livestock feed. Yes, you'd be surprised at what gets fed to livestock. As an example pecan hulls are loved by cattle. Grind them up and use them as all or part of the roughage requirement. Bean stalks, like those left behind from growing green beans, are fed out immediately, or ensiled and used for winter feed. If it has feed value, chances are it is getting used by somebody to feed some type of livestock. The non edible plant waste can be put through a thermal depolymerization process to turn them into fuel and fertilizer.

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