Urbin Report

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An alternative to liquid pork

Corn based ethanol has a few problems, including its expense and the fact that corn is what people should be eating, not cars.

A program at University of Tennessee
is looking at using common switchgrass to produce ethanol.

Tennessee could become the "Saudi Arabia of cellulose" with its farm-to-market plan to produce ethanol from switchgrass, beginning with a demonstration refinery being developed in partnership with the University of Tennessee.

Fueled by the best science from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and UT, and with funding from the state, the refinery is expected to produce ethanol for less than $1.50 per gallon within five years.