January 05, 2008

Ethanol From Sweet Sorghum

The Economics of Ethanol from Sweet Sorghum Using the MixAlco Process

A great study by Texas A&M on use of sweet sorghum as an alternative feedstock for ethanol.

The yield is high with some hybrids showing nearly 1000 gallons per acre. Sweet Sorghum has many advantages over other feed stocks. It is not near as water intensive as corn. It can also be grown in 3-4 months whereas sugar cane takes 12-14 months. In southern tier states it can also be harvested up to three times from one crop.

Gulf Ethanol and other companies in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana already have plants in the planning stages that will use sweet sorghum as the feedstock.

Sweet Sorghum for Ethanol

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