The University of Iowa is searching for the right biomass feedstock to cofire with coal at its power plant, and miscanthus is one option a few early adopters are testing.
Long before farmers are ready to buy the implements required to grow and harvest energy crops, leading OEMs leverage robust research and development organizations to get them engineered.
Grassland and perennial biomass streams are being tapped for conversion as supplemental feedstock in anaerobic digesters. These streams are considered in the biogas market for their environmental benefits, high-yielding rates and reliability.
Harvesting cattails and other wetland plants may control their presence in the landscape and serve as a biomass source too.