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Energy Grasses Take Center Stage at Ceres Field Day
Date:8/26/2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy industry executives joined investors and policymakers near Houston, Texas earlier today to take a firsthand look at energy grasses and research developments that are expected to push bioenergy to the forefront of renewable power and transportation fuels.

The bioenergy field day, hosted by Ceres, Inc., provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders who may not be familiar with agricultural production to walk among towering energy grasses, share updates, and see how improvements to biomass production are made through plant breeding and modern biology. This year's event included side-by-side crop comparisons, field demonstrations and presentations from Drax Power, Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, General Motors, NRG Energy and The Nature Conservancy.  

"We cannot de-carbonize the world's energy supply without biomass," Ceres president Richard Hamilton told more than 100 attendees from the U.S., Europe and South America. "The central question we face, then, is how to go about producing biopower and biofuels in the most scalable, efficient and sustainable way."

Biomass is expected to be one of the largest sources for renewable electricity in the U.S. and Europe, according to projections by the U.S. Energy Information Agency and European Commission. Moreover, a 2009 Sandia National Labs study, using conservative yield and conversion assumptions, concluded that advanced biofuels made from plant fibers could produce 75 billion gallons of biofuel per year in the U.S.

During the morning event at the company's 200-acre research center, Ceres highlighted the performance of low-carbon energy grasses as well as research that is expected to increase yields, make greater use of marginal lands, and lower input requirements.  One Ceres trait, for instance, could cut oil consumption in the U.S. by more than a billion barrels over a decade, and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emis
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