Kudzu keeps growing, but plans to make it into biofuel have stalled
Even though a 2008 study by the UT and USDA found that kudzu might be able to produce a corn-like 400 liters of ethanol per acre, the follow-up portion of that study – a large-scale proof-of-concept project – never got underway because alt-fuel investments dried up when the recession hit. Low petroleum gas prices also didn't help.
All is not dead in the kudzu biofuel world, though. A Tennessee-based company – Agrogas – still looking for money to try and commercialize the idea, so we might figure out a way to use the plant before it totally takes over.
[Source: AP | Image: maryatexitzero - C.C. License 2.0
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