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Switchgrass, a native grass researchers are turning into ethanol fuel, can also be used for producing biodegradeable plastics from within the leaves of switchgrass.
The grass, native to the U.S., gets high marks for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in Department of Agriculture test.
The $25 million pilot plant, expected to be completed in a year, will use wood chips, corn stover and switchgrass to make natural gas.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers say that a sterile grass known as Miscanthus giganteus proved to be significantly more productive than other biofuel crops like corn in the making of ethanol.
Cellulosic ethanol specialist start-up to build plants in Michigan, New York and Tennessee, with plans to experiment with different feedstocks.
One of the darlings of cellulosic ethanol is breaking ground on its plant.
The system is powered by Nvidia GPUs and thought to be one of the two fastest supercomputers in the world. It's capable of making 20,000 trillion calculations each second.
University of Massachusetts researchers have come up with a way to cook plant matter and make gas out of it, but it could be 10 years before it appears at the pump.
To encourage the use of clean energy, agency says it will defer permitting requirements for CO2 emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources for three years.