New Plans for Facilities to Turn Miscanthus Into Ethanol Fuel

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Harvesting miscanthus for fuel.
Farmers in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania are being recruited to grow a special grass that can be converted to biofuel energy. Some are already planting miscanthus, a durable grass that won't spread and requiries little fertilizer and care. It can be harvested and converted to energy pellets and biofuels, like ethanol and other kinds of fuel.

Aloterra Energy has plans to build a biomass conversion plant near Ashtabula Harbor and predicts that with support companies, 1,200 jobs will be created. Ashtabula County has lost manufacturing jobs and many farmers in the area have been struggling, so this is welcome news.

Aloterra is partnered in three similar plants in Missouri and Arkansas.

The above is excerpted from an article here, which also has a video news story on the announcement and farmers' reactions to it.


Anonymous,  November 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM  

In response to "some are already planting miscanthus, a durable grass that won't spread and requires little fertilizer and care".

Miscanthus DOES spread. It is considered an invasive species in much of the US, and threatens our native flora and fauna. Don't car about that? Think back to the dust bowl....

Abe Shackleton November 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM  

Of course we care about that! You'd have to be a moron not to care about growing invasive non-native species. Perhaps a non-invasive species could be used instead, or maybe miscanthus could be tweaked so it's not invasive, like they've done with Giant King Grass.

The excerpt above was from an article. It says at the end of the article, "Those who are interested in the program can get more information from Aloterra's Scott Coye-Huhn at or by calling 440-666-2053."

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