Unforeseen problem with Switchgrass as biofuel: miniature log jams

Not unlike a log jam, the reed-like structure of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has been found to interlock and bind up when processed through feeders toward boilers where it would release its energy potential. A Purdue University flowability study examines the added upfront energy it takes to mill the tall prairie species into a manageable fuel. Read more here.

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