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    Biofuel Made From Grass

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    A European research project called GrassMargins is working with multiple international organizations to see if grass could be used as a source of biofuel.

    A European research project called GrassMargins is working with multiple international organizations to see if grass could be used as a source of biofuel.

    Grass can be grown in areas where other crops can’t, on what are known as marginal lands that have unsuitable soil conditions, or have been affected by flooding, or drought.

    Different kinds of grass are being grown throughout Europe to see which types grow best in different areas.

    The grass would then be used in anaerobic digesters for producing liquid fuel, or baled for combustion facilities to burn for making energy or heat.

    Project scientist John Finnan, research officer and bioenergy expert at Teagasc said: “It might well be that one type of grass is better on certain marginal lands, and another type on another. It is unlikely one grass will stand head and shoulders above competitors in all environments.”

    Biofuel crops are competing with food crops for agricultural land, and the project aims to utilize poor quality land for grass production.

    According to Cornell University’s GrassBioenergy.org website, a grass pellet fuel crop can grow in 70 days, compared with the 70 million years it takes for fossil fuels to form.