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Cornell researcher Brian Richards stands in a switch grass field that's part of NEWBio project. Photo: Matt Richmond
Cornell researcher Brian Richards stands in a switch grass field that's part of NEWBio project. Photo: Matt Richmond

Maximizing "marginal" land for biofuel

Solar and wind power get a lot of the attention as promising alternative power sources. But energy extracted from plants, known as biofuels, is also the subject of ongoing research.

Researchers at Cornell University are testing the growing potential of less-than-ideal open space.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: Making pellets from switchgrass

The federal stimulus package and President Obama's budget provides billions dollars for green energy, including a 6 billion dollar loan guarantee program for renewables and biofuels. On a much smaller scale, an innovative biofuels project is making headway in the North Country. In our Story 2.0 series, we catch up with dairy farmer Tom Lee, who's making pellets from switchgrass grown on marginal farmland.  Go to full article

Can pellet heat catch fire in the North Country?

This winter, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County has been holding seminars on using wood or grass pellets to heat homes, farms, and businesses. They've been a hit. Almost 200 people packed a pelletizing workshop in Madrid last month. Extension's Pete Barney says concerns about global warming and reliance on foreign oil are adding up. Barney told David Sommerstein the problem is supply lags behind the demand.  Go to full article

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