NREL Tests Sorghum for Cellulosic Ethanol

National Sorghum ProducersRepresentatives of the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) witnessed a pilot test of bioenergy sorghum at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) this week.

NSP collaborated with NREL to provide almost 100 different sorghum samples for testing, eventually choosing two for pilot testing. The resulting data shows that high biomass forage sorghum demonstrates great potential to fit into cellulosic ethanol conversion. Sorghum varieties have a wide range of basic sugars and structure which could ultimately meet the needs of multiple biofuel systems.

Colorado sorghum farmer Terry Swanson, Vice Chairman of the NSP Board of Directors, is pleased with the NREL research because of potential it holds for both the nation and sorghum producers. “Renewable energy will play a critical role in the future of our nation’s quest for energy independence, and the work NREL is doing will help the sorghum industry establish itself as a major contributor to that cause,” said Swanson.

The test this week showcased three years of bioenergy sorghum research that was made possible by a Department of Energy grant obtained through NSP’s efforts.

3 thoughts on “NREL Tests Sorghum for Cellulosic Ethanol

  1. These people should be fired for doing something that should have been done years ago. The Corn Ethanol’s stranglehold on Ethanol business must be broken. And Cellulosic is the new Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Bank Robbery waiting to happen. Hydrous Ethanol from Sugarcane, Sweet Sorghum, and Energy cane should have been tested and approved years ago. I am tired of waiting. Move the credits from Dirty Corn to Cleaner Ethanol.

  2. Had Sorghum been used to produce Ethanol Archer Daniels Midland would not have been successful. ADM had the abiltity to utilize the damaged (seconds) corn and use it to manufacture Ethanol and received Government Subsidies to offset the taxes owed on their profits. – Good ole American capitalization.

    This country had the ability to produce Ethanol since 1776. The Hatfields and McCoys made alcohol (which is ethanol) from Sorghum and Corn. What happened ADM decided that corn was the most abundant produce available and it cost them little or no money. Consequently we are now growing corn to make energy and the underdevoloped countries are starving.
    What say you America.

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