Ceres to market 2nd generation bioenergy crops

30 April 2008 00:01  [Source: ICIS news]

CHICACO (ICIS news)--Energy crop company Ceres will market this fall the first switchgrass cultivars in the US as well as high-biomass sorghums for bioenergy use, president and CEO Richard Hamilton said on Tuesday.

Hamilton made the announcement at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing conference in Chicago.

“These biomass-dense crops will be grown as raw materials for next-generation biofuels and biopower,” he said. “One of the great appeals of energy crops is that they can thrive on agricultural lands that are ill-suited to food production.”

Under the trade name Blade Energy Crops, the crops’ seeds and traits will be marketed in time for spring 2009 sowing in the US. The switchgrass cultivars and sorghum seeds were developed specifically for biofuels, said Hamilton.

Energy crops can produce more fuel per acre than first generation biofuel crops due to their high yields, he said.

Ethanol made from switchgrass also produces 90% less greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum and nearly five times more net energy than starch-based ethanol,” Hamilton said.

He expected more energy crops to come out in the future with increasing investor interests in second generation biofuels and bioenergy.

The three-day industrial biotechnology conference ends on Wednesday.

Bookmark Simon Robinson’s Big Biofuels Blog for some independent thinking on biofuels

By: Doris de Guzman
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