Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hemp Produces Viable Biodiesel, UConn Study Finds

University of Connecticut
By: Christine Buckley

Of all the various uses for Cannabis plants, add another, “green” one to the mix.

Researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties that make it viable and even attractive as a raw material, or feedstock, for producing biodiesel – sustainable diesel fuel made from renewable plant sources.

The plant’s ability to grow in infertile soils also reduces the need to grow it on primary croplands, which can then be reserved for growing food, says Richard Parnas, a professor of chemical, materials, and biomolecular engineering who led the study.

Read more

No comments: