• 24Sep

    Energy farms are becoming more prevalent around the world. Basically, they are created with the intent to help economies become less dependent on fossil fuels and more welcoming of bio fuels. And to advance the development of bio fuels, the industry needs food stocks to produce the fuels. This is where the energy farms come into play. They grow crops that can be harvested for the production of agro-fuels.

    One such energy farm is Destiny, in Florida, which recently announced that it would become an eco-city spotlighting sustainable farming practices. Having already planted several hectares of sorghum, a type of grass, they plan to also plant algae and jatrophai in an attempt to manufacture bio fuels from non-food materials. Because the sorghum uses less water than corn and can thrive in less fertile soil, it may come to rival corn when making ethanol.

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    The University of Florida will participate in the project by assessing the crops to determine which will be best suited to bio fuels with the smallest impact to the environment. They will also look at costs involved in the use of the sorghum. One of the reasons non-food raw materials may be more attractive is the fact that presently bio fuel companies must compete with the food industry to obtain their raw materials for ethanol. As the food market increases prices, the price of bio fuel increases as well. By finding an alternative to food, the price of bio fuel may be kept considerably lower.

    Destiny is not the first energy farm to plant sorghum nor is it the first to focus on non-food crops for bio fuels. The state of Oklahoma recently planted a large section of switchgrass to determine its viability as an alternative fuel source.

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