Sustainable Energy Farm at Destiny, Florida Plants New Alternative Fuel Crops
JATROPHA, CAMELINA AND ARUNDO DONAX TO BE STUDIED FOR FUTURE FUEL SOURCES
The Sustainable Energy Farm is the result of a cooperative effort between Destiny and a growing list of companies and organizations including the
Several varieties of sweet sorghum were donated by Global Renewable Energy, and planted by Everglades Farm Equipment with the self-steering, precision guidance Autotrac system, which enables crops to be planted more efficiently, waste less seed, and fertilize more accurately. A new drip fertigation system, designed to reduce water waste, will be overseen by Treasure Coast Irrigation. The camelina, a new potential candidate in the biofuel market, and jatropha were planted by Bio Greens Oils USA.
The Sustainable Energy Farm is also planning to grow arundo donax this spring for testing; arundo donax is a perennial grass, with potential yields of 30 to 35 tons of biomass per acre.
To determine the validity of these crops as future fuels, scientists at the
“Sustainable agriculture is a key component in our country’s transition from fossil fuels to alternative fuels and renewable energy,” Pugliese stated. “Fortunately, Destiny is located in the nation’s ‘sweet spot’ for biomass production. Our long growing seasons, large tracks of open land and ideal weather are the perfect combination for producing the needed solutions to the energy crisis.”
The Sustainable Energy Farm serves as a learning center where sustainable farming techniques and practices are showcased and taught to residents of
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