Oklahoma to plant 1000 acres with switchgrass to demonstrate whether it is suitable as a cellulosic biofuel. According to PR newswire, the site will be 35 miles from Abengoa’s biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.
Seeral thoughts strike me. Why not just let 1000 acres revert to prairee and use that instead of going to all the trouble of planting switchgrass. No metion of irrigation. its not clear if the Abengoa plant will use any of the grass, theres an implication that it might, but no concrete statement from the firm and finally, how’s the switchgrass going to get the 35 miles to the refinery if it goes to that one?
My verdict: for what its worth. Useful as a demonstrator but probably not as sustainable as it could be.