Giant cane could power Boardman plant

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bamboo-like grass Arundo donax is a possible biofuel alternative to coal being burned at Portland General Electric's Boardman power plant.

Farmers and researchers in eastern Oregon and Washington are turning in positive first-year growth trial reports on Arundo donax, also called giant reed or giant cane.
Arundo donax is...used worldwide for production of furniture, musical instruments, paper fiber and roofing.
It has been grown in Florida since the 1820s, where yields have approached 60 dry ton per acre, making it the unrivaled option for biofuel production in terms of raw volume, outstripping corn by a more than two-to-one margin and hybrid poplar by 30 percent.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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