Image by Flickr user bamakodakerImage by 282670036_f3e853dce7_o.jpg Switchgrass is one crop researchers are looking for a viable way to convert to biofuel.
Soybeans. With all the attention they get, you'd think they're the only way to make a biofuel.
But there's a lot of other, better ways to make a biofuel using crops South Carolina is much better at growing -- if only researchers could figure out how.
Well, that's just what the Clemson University Restoration Institute and the Savannah River National Laboratory are hoping to figure out with their proposed $14 million pilot plant at the Clemson Restoration Institute in North Charleston (map).
Once funding is secured, the plant would take about 12 months to build.
The facility would give researchers a central place to advance the viability of using South Carolina's best crops to make biofuel. Among those items being studied: Switchgrass, sweet sorghum, and pine, and even algae would fall into the mix.
And as you would think, this project could be a double win for South Carolina: If the programs are successful it would boost the value of crops produced by South Carolina's farmers.