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Scientists reveal it is high time for hemp-based biofuel * 2
    #487621 - 10/13/10 04:54 PM (6 years, 1 month ago)

Danny Bradbury

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Monday 11 Oct 2010


University of Connecticut reveals plan to build biofuel research plant capable of turning hemp into biodiesel



Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found that hemp is a viable feed stock for biodiesel fuel and are now working on plans to build a biofuel refinery capable of processing the versatile material.

Working with a selection of research students, associate professor of chemical engineering Richard Parnas announced last week that he is going to build a research refining plant that will be able to use hemp to make fuel.

The plant, which will be built using a two-year, $1.8m grant from the Department of Energy, is expected to produce 200,000 gallons of biodiesel a year.

The research team said that it will be able to customise the facility to handle a range of feedstocks, including hemp.

As with many other commercial uses of hemp, Parnas's process would use the Sativa variety, which unlike its cousin the cannabis plant is not psychoactive. Hemp fibre is also being used as a core material in some car body designs.

Hemp has several qualities that make it suitable as a biofuel feedstock, according to Parnas.

One is that it grows in infertile soil, making it easier to produce commercially viable yields in otherwise inhospitable areas. The other is that it is not a food crop, meaning that the use of the plant for commercial fuel purposes should not contribute to food security problems.

"It's equally important to make fuel from plants that are not food, but also won't need the high-quality land," Parnas said.

Finally, hemp may also be able to burn effectively at lower temperatures than other biodiesel products, according to the research team's test results.


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Re: Scientists reveal it is high time for hemp-based biofuel [Re: Shaggy420] * 1
    #487958 - 10/14/10 03:59 PM (6 years, 1 month ago)

Great I hope this becomes a success.
America needs to become oil independent


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Re: Scientists reveal it is high time for hemp-based biofuel [Re: The_Philosophy]
    #488319 - 10/15/10 11:47 PM (6 years, 1 month ago)

Parnas's process would use the Sativa variety, which unlike its cousin the cannabis plant is not psychoactive. 

explain that to me


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Re: Scientists reveal it is high time for hemp-based biofuel [Re: Clownswor]
    #489173 - 10/18/10 02:56 PM (6 years, 1 month ago)

cannabis sativa can be either psychoactive or fibrous enough for hemp
the 2 subspecies are
c sativa sativa is for industrial use
c sativa indica is what gets you high


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Re: Scientists reveal it is high time for hemp-based biofuel [Re: Shaggy420]
    #497020 - 11/11/10 04:16 AM (6 years, 24 days ago)

Ok, scientists have known about using hemp as biofuel since the 1920s, along with the many other great products this plant is useful for (ie paper, fibers for clothing, rope, cellulose, etc.)The Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper which is why it is still around today.

1.8 Million from the Department of Energy? (aka your tax-paying dollars)to process a plant that can not be legally grown in the US so therefore must be imported (who is paying for it?) So they can turn around and sell it to, can you guess who - you my friend. Somehow doesn't sound like a good deal to me.

However, if it will break the ice and get the laws changed about growing hemp, lots of farmers and private businesses would benefit. It would be a real boon to the economy. I doubt you will see that happen anytime soon because the cotton, corn, and timber industries will fight it tooth and nail.


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