Navigation Links
Energy Grasses Take Center Stage at Ceres Field Day

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 emissions by making grasses even more efficient at utilizing nitrogen fertilizers.

If managed in new ways, perennials like switchgrass and miscanthus could even sequester more carbon than is emitted in the lifecycle of processing and burning them. "We could actually start talking about removing C02 from the atmosphere rather than simply decreasing overall emissions — farming carbon at the same time as we produce energy," noted Hamilton.

Ceres vice president of plant breeding and genomics, Jeff Gwyn, who led field tours at the event, said that low-input grasses will make the greatest sense in many locations, since they will outperform other sources of biomass on a per-acre/per-year basis, and can be readily improved. He expects yields of energy grasses to follow the trajectory of row crops. "There are dozens of paths to increase yield and lower inputs, and we are pursuing them and stacking them together in different ways," said Gwyn.

Amid a breeding nursery, he described the process of improving new plants, "Whereas a farmer may grow one seed variety over a 1,000 acres, we may grow 1,000 varieties over one or two acres. And, when it comes to finding that one winner among thousands, thanks to genomics and other breeding technologies developed by Ceres, it's not a guessing game, but a straight-forward scientific process," Gwyn said.


Ceres, Inc. ( is a leading developer of energy crops that can be planted as raw materials for advanced biofuels, biopower and bio-based products. Its development efforts include switchgrass, high-biomass sorghum, sweet sorghum and miscanthus. The plant breeding and biotechnology company markets its switchgrass and sorghum seeds under its Blade Energy Crops brand. Ceres holds one of the world's largest proprietary collections of fully sequenced plant genes.

SOURCE Ceres, Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Study of electron orbits in multilayer graphene finds unexpected energy gaps
2. Clean Power Development, LLC Urges Sustainable, Community-Centric Approach to Biomass Energy
3. Using carbon nanotubes in lithium batteries can dramatically improve energy capacity
4. Super-yeast generates ethanol from energy crops and agricultural residues
5. Solutia to Present at Credit Suisse Future Energy Conference
6. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory May 2010
7. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory May 2010
8. Vermont Launches Renewable Energy Atlas
9. Challenge President to Adopt Energy Measure with Double the Impact of Improved Auto Fuel Efficiency Standards at Fraction of the Cost
10. Responding to OCS Drilling Decision, Advocacy Group Challenges President to "Get Serious" About Energy Independence and Security
11. New path to solar energy via solid-state photovoltaics
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Creation Technologies ... being named to Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest growing ... a FDA-cleared, Class II medical device that speeds up orthodontic tooth movement by ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 Capricor ... company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of ... Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present at ... 2015 at 10:50 a.m. EST, at The Lotte New ... . . --> ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... -- PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: PDLI ) today announced ... chief executive officer, will present at the 27 th ... New York City . The presentation will be webcast ... 9:30 a.m. EST. and go to ... 15 minutes prior to the presentation to allow for any ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Laboratories is pleased to announce that it has completed construction on a new ... 61, USP 62 and USP 51 testing specific to raw materials and will enable ... by one supplier. Management has formally announced that the facility will be ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/12/2015)... 11, 2015   Growing need for low-cost, ... has been paving the way for use of ... discrete analytes in clinical, agricultural, environmental, food and ... used in medical applications, however, their adoption is ... to continuous emphasis on improving product quality and ...
(Date:11/10/2015)... 2015 About signature verification ... to identify and verify the identity of an ... the secure and accurate method of authentication and ... individual because each individual,s signature is highly unique. ... dynamic signature of an individual is compared and ...
(Date:11/4/2015)... 2015 --> ... by Transparency Market Research "Home Security Solutions Market - Global ... - 2022", the global home security solutions market is expected to ... The market is estimated to expand at a CAGR ... 2022. Rising security needs among customers at homes, the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):