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Florida Company Looks to E-Grass as Biofuel Feedstock

20 February 2006

A West Florida company is looking to rent 11,000 hectares (42.5 square miles) of land in the Philippines to grow e-grass as biomass input to a gasification process to produce transportation fuels.

The Biomass Investment Group (BIG), based in Gulf Breeze (near Pensacola), is offering as much as $400 (around P20,000) per hectare per year for farmers who would be leasing their lands to the project, according to papers submitted to the Sarangani Provincial Investment and Promotion Center. BIG is offering to pay the farmers five years in advance for leased lands.

E-grass usually refers to Miscanthus x giganteus, an infertile hybrid of other species of Miscanthus grasses. Miscanthus is a genus of about 15 species of perennial grasses native to subtropical and tropical regions of Africa and Asia.

Miscanthus is being grown experimentally in at least 10 European countries as an energy crop. The crop is established by planting pieces of the root called rhizomes, which are usually collected from nursery fields where miscanthus has already been established.

Miscanthus has relatively high yields of 8–15 tons/hectare (3–6 t/acre) dry weight, low moisture content, low mineral content, and a good energy balance and output/input ratio compared with some other biomass options. It requires about 25 inches of water per year to survive, tolerates brackish water, and uses a minimal amount of nutrients from the soil

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have concluded that Giant Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus), a species of elephant grass, could serve as a clean substitute for solid fuel for use in power generation. They predicted that if just 10% of Illinois land mass was devoted to Miscanthus, it could provide 50% of Illinois electricity needs. Using Miscanthus for energy would not necessarily reduce energy costs in the short term, but there would be significant savings in carbon dioxide production.

BIG’s business plan calls for the conversion of e-grass into electricity through gasification, with expansion into the conversion of the syngas into liquid fuels such as ethanol and eventually hydrogen. BIG eventually plans to offer complete bio-refineries, consisting of large-scale commercial production of e-grass and other dedicated crops for production of thermal and electrical energy, transportation fuels, and a variety of value-added bio-based products.

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The phrase "just 10% of Illinois land mass" is a little bit amusing.

FWIW,

Illinois Land in farms (2002 acres) 27,310,833
Illinois Total land area (2002 acres) 35,573,494

So I guess that's only 3.5 M acres, or 12% of land currently under agriculture.

Gasification also converts part of the feedstock to carbon dioxide.  If the process allows this CO2 to be sequestered, we'll have the first example of a carbon-negative energy system.

This is just another mask for the idiotic American ethanol campaign. A waste of land, labor, time and money. Why would you use this biomass to produce hydrogen? Well, you would make that particular statement in an article to make this entire rdiculous scheme seem agreeable. Funny that nobody has said corn can be used to make hydrogen for fuel cells. Why? Because at least GM knows better. These companies really need to stop wasting resources and focus on hydrogen or Lithium ion batteries.

miscanthus (biomass) and waste to ethanol processes are a far cry from corn to ethanol. About 60-70% of the BTUs in the biomass or waste can be converted directly to ethanol using a gasifier and bio-converter, this is not sugar fermentation nor does it benefit the grain multinationals such as ADM. Also this can be accomplished at production costs well below that of corn ethanol.

Barry, I think we have to be careful with statements like
"biomass or waste can be converted directly to ethanol."

We're really looking at a short-term prediction of what will be possible (and economic) on a large industrial scale, yes?

IIRC, there are a few pilot plants in the works, but no production history.

hi,

my name is tony h. vergara from davao city , philippines. our place is about 3 hours away from general santos city. i am interested to be a part of your plan of planting e-grass here in our place. we have at pr4esent 60,000 hectares that can also be planted into e-grass. i am the president of this organization that occupies this property.

please give me more info as regards the possibility joining this industry.

thank you very much'

tony h. vergara

hi,

i am tony h. vergara from davao city. our place is about 3 hours drive from general santos city. i have read about the e-grass being planted in general santos city now or will be planted in the very near future. i am also inviting you to try growing it in davao city, where3 we also have some 60,000 thousand hectares suitable for this plant. you can reach me thru this email ad. i am the president of katribu mindanao, a mindanao based organization of indigenous peoples group .

thank you very much.

very truly yours,

tony h. vergara

We are a private consultancy outfit in Nigeria currently working on Jatropha Curcas as feedstock for Biodiesel production.
We will be willing to partner with you on this as a possible second feed stock.
Regards,
Tola AjALA
Tefal Associates
Kaduna,
Nigeria

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China Chongqing Big (Group) Co. Ltd
(branch No.4 )BIG CNG Compressor Manufacture factory
(branch No.5 )Chuanjiang automobile Manufacture factory
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We are top professional CNG products manufacturer and supplier in China.
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For the target of us above, we are currently looking for the good business and professional partner to promote our these CNG 2 wheels motorcycle very well also target for assembling them locally for ensureing large order quantity and profit for two sides.

Of course, your background and position of business line has been our preferred one of them. so, it will be much appreciating for us to get any advice from your side promptly.

Looking forward to your reply soon!
Thanks
(For the avoidance letter be lost,When you reply our letter, suggest write back to three E-mail box at the same time.)
E-mail : jinsong@china-cng.net ; jin@chinacngbus.com ; jin@atv-big.com
Mr.Weilin Lee
China Chongqing Big (Group) Co. Ltd
(branch No.4 )BIG CNG Compressor Manufacture factory
(branch No.5 )Chuanjiang automobile Manufacture factory
Chongqing Big Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd (Big Group I/E Dept. )
Telephone: +86-23-67635049 ;+86-23-67635035 -(operate)- 605;(office)
Fax:+86-23-67635036; MSN: liweilin2003200@hotmail.com
http://www.chinacngbus.com
http://www.made-in-china.com/product.do?action=list&prodLibFlag=0010
Http://www.china-cng.net

Dear Mr.

How are you !

First of all, you are kindly introduced that our Chongqing Big Science & Technology Development(Group) Co., Ltd is a professional manufacturer and supplier who is devoted to research and develop high quality CNG series 2 & 3 & 4 wheels vehicles for market through its base of Chongqing China.

Currently, we are doing manufacture and supplying our these new type high quality CNG 2 wheels motorcycle,which is our Patent products to your market:

We are top professional CNG products manufacturer and supplier in China.
We recommend our patent products which BGMT brand CNG motorcycle with CKD term and CBU term.
For the CNG 2 wheel motorcycle characteristic:
1, Safety and Reliablity:
CNG Cylinder had passed NZ5454, which can bear 350 KG atmospheric pressure, Nominal working pressure is 20 MPa. Manufacture stardand of CNG conversion kit is ISO15500, our patent has unique technology wordwide,
2, Applicability:
CNG motorcycle can run 100km if you once fill the gas fully,the CNG motorcycle shape like fashionable model(such as CD 70 type ,CG 125 type and Tailand Honda) it is very beautiful and very suitable for local custom. The new technology have very capacious foreground, it can bring you very infinite business chance,and we have no agent until now,we are searching our best nice business partner,hope we can cooperate with you and set up long term business relation.

For the target of us above, we are currently looking for the good business and professional partner to promote our these CNG 2 wheels motorcycle very well also target for assembling them locally for ensureing large order quantity and profit for two sides.

Of course, your background and position of business line has been our preferred one of them. so, it will be much appreciating for us to get any advice from your side promptly.

Looking forward to your reply soon!
Thanks
(For the avoidance letter be lost,When you reply our letter, suggest write back to three E-mail box at the same time.)
E-mail : jinsong@china-cng.net ; jin@chinacngbus.com ; jin@atv-big.com
Mr.Weilin Lee
China Chongqing Big (Group) Co. Ltd
(branch No.4 )BIG CNG Compressor Manufacture factory
(branch No.5 )Chuanjiang automobile Manufacture factory
Chongqing Big Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd (Big Group I/E Dept. )
Telephone: +86-23-67635049 ;+86-23-67635035 -(operate)- 605;(office)
Fax:+86-23-67635036; MSN: liweilin2003200@hotmail.com
http://www.chinacngbus.com
http://www.made-in-china.com/product.do?action=list&prodLibFlag=0010
Http://www.china-cng.net

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