“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Just recently on the Discovery Channel website, there was an article about using kudzu for making ethanol. This article gave another Approval for Kudzu as a Potential Biofuel and could be part of the biofuel solution to making America less dependent on oil.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rowan Sage of the University of Toronto gathered samples of kudzu from different locations in the Southeastern United States at different times of the year to measure the carbohydrate content of the various parts on the plant including leaves, stems, vines and roots.
Based on estimates completed by these researchers, kudzu could produce 2.2-3.5 tons of carbohydrate per acre or about 270 gallons per acre of ethanol. Corn will produce approximately 210-310 gallons of ethanol per acre. Sage commented in the article that “kudzu will not completely solve anybody’s energy crisis. but it certainly would be a useful supplement.” The most important factor in using kudzu to make ethanol is the harvesting of the plants in a economical process. The roots which are large can cause a problem with harvesting, but you don’t want to destroy the plant by removing all the roots. To balance the harvesting expense, Sage said, “the kudzu plant requires zero planting, fertilizer or irrigation costs.
Mr. Doug Mizell co-owner of Agro*Gas Industries says “this just confirms the direction of our company’s manufacture of Kudzunol, ethanol made from kudzu. Corn ethanol is just not the right crop to use for ethanol production due to the weather requirements and other factors. We are at the mercy of drought and excessive rains which cause flooding which eventually destroys the corn crop. This leads to immediate higher ethanol and corn prices, ethanol plants may shut down and current ethanol plants scheduled to be built in Nebraska have been put on hold. It is very difficult for even corn subsidies to overcome all of these factors. These problems are usually not associated with Kudzunol, the kudzu ethanol.”
This morning, the headlines in a Wall Street report states:
Wall Street Downgrades Ethanol and Corn Producers.
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Wall Street is growing concerned about the damage massive floods in Midwestern U.S. states will have on ethanol makers and corn refiners.
“In the last 10 days, the world has changed in the corn market with massive flooding causing irreparable damage to this year’s corn crop,” Citigroup analyst David Driscoll wrote in a note.
Citigroup’s Driscoll slapped a sell rating on ethanol producers BioFuel and VeraSun. He said that surging corn prices will hurt profits at both companies. Corn is the major raw material used to make ethanol, and prices for the grain have surged to record highs lately.
In addition, the analyst speculated that the rally in corn prices will force some small and midsized ethanol producers to shut down production at plants over the next few months. At least five ethanol plants have been shut down as costs to run the plants are far outweighing profits, according to Driscoll. He didn’t name the plants in his report.
America has got to develop alternate energy solutions, but this will not take place overnight. This year has proven that corn ethanol is not the best road to travel for producing ethanol in America. America’s Congress has already sold out to the corn ethanol lobbyists and it is time for the people of America to step forward and “Git-R-Done”. This is what is going to happen and is starting in Tennessee and other states.
Update on interview with Mr. Doug Mizell, co-owner of Agro*Gas Industries LLC.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2008, Chemically Green had the opportunity to create a video interview with Mr. Doug Mizell, co-founder of Agro*Gas Industries LLC and ask Doug questions concerning Kudzunol such as, How will kudzu be harvested? What makes kudzu a viable candidate for ethanol production? Why would we want to use kudzu instead of corn or soy to make ethanol? Just how environmentally friendly will be the start-up plant in Calhoun, Tn.? These questions will be answered in full along with other interesting comments and other questions too. Be sure to look for the video interview coming soon entitled: Doug Mizell, Why Kudzu?