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Shrub Willow Biofuel Offers New York an Alternative to Gas Fracking

cleantechnica.com -- Wow, that was fast. Just last summer, we noticed that scientists at Cornell University were developing shrub willow biofuel as a means of helping New York farmers to squeeze extra income from marginal land, and before the ink has dried on the research papers, we’re getting news of a 1,100 acre shrub willow biofuel operation that is already providing biomass for power plants in the state. If shrub willow energy really does catch on, it could provide farmers in New York and elsewhere with a more sustainable source of extra income than natural gas fracking, despite mounting pressure from the drilling industry.

The new shrub willow operation, called Celtic Energy Farm, is located upstate by Lake Ontario. Land preparation began in 2009 and, according to a report in auburnpub.com, the crop is


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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 8:21:07 PM

Great to get rid of those shrub willows -- scotch broom next?
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 6:14:38 AM

Great alternative if it works.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 10:00:53 PM

Great article Teafortwo, one ill gladly pump.
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livedream
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:40:29 PM

Excellent point from PDQBlues --
"The more we can generate power from non-fossil fuels, the better this country will be and less dependent on foreign countries, many of which would otherwise be enemies of the US."

The more we can develop good alternatives, the better off we will be.
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sillywagon
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:18:22 PM

What do they mean by marginal land?

What about farmers turning marginal land into usable cropland to grow food crops for domestic and export use? I have read on GasBuddy about how depleted cropland that is unusable can in five years be turned back into usable cropland.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:33:29 PM

more news for cave dweller wannabees
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 2:10:19 PM

Interesting. How long before the powers that be shutdown the biomass fueled plants and insist on cleaner natural gas power plants?
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:33:45 AM


The more we can generate power from non-fossil fuels, the better this country will be and less dependent on foreign countries, many of which would otherwise be enemies of the US.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 10:23:55 AM

Better than fracking, corn, or burning dino juice. This stuff grows on old strip-mines.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:19:17 AM

More nonsense, people will claim anything to get tax payer money.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:16:17 AM

We are saved by the shrub willow. Oh please.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:08:12 AM

The Save Our Willows (SOW) organization has a different opinion about this.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:53:20 AM

But, until then, we are going to get the fuel we need NOW.
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:10:51 AM

no one needs to squeeze anything,gasoline prices are going back up as predicted,even with all the false stories here about oil oversupplies,oil going down,my prices are 3.35 at the pump.some of the stories here are just to give hope when there isn't any,same old story,if speculators want more money,just manipulate the gas prices
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 6:25:51 AM

So what do you do with the Biofuel byproducts or leftovers?
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I have to be nice to people in here. It's a shame...it's a TARGET-RICH ENVIRONMENT for IDIOTS!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:21:10 AM

Yean, right , uhuh, ....................
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 2:08:05 AM

I think you are patronizing them by calling them 'these' willows, their mothers love them and they are 'shrub' willows, and the moose love them too, and the grouse hide under them for safety. And these are in NY, not MN, and what does someone from OK know about MN?



[Edited by: KAR120CSII at 12/26/2012 2:11:46 AM EST]
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 2:02:40 AM

Much better idea!
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:53:09 AM

Why do people hate shrub willows?

Ever try to climb Mt.Bierstadt?
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:51:40 AM

Most of northern Minnesota is swampy with evergreen or these willows. Check on the evergreen or logging waste, too.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:46:47 AM

Glad to see it.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:32:07 AM

Let's hear it for shrub willow as a biofuel! MORE RESEARCH,PLEASE!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:22:57 AM

Sounds interesting! Good luck!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:22:49 AM

Their is something wrong with this article. Something is missing. The whole story is not here.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:22:07 AM

Hopefully shrub willow biofuel can replace the use of corn as the latter is more likely to be used as cattle feed. It has been a tough year of drought and the EPA has not moved on their stance of using corn for biofuel.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:21:17 AM

Hope it works for NY.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:18:31 AM

Good luck with this venture.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:17:11 AM

ILVET - ditto
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:17:05 AM

Let's stick to growing stuff out of the ground that we can eat...
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:15:53 AM

They are not using corn or other food plants.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:13:44 AM

Good to see alternatives
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:13:28 AM

At least it's not ethanol from corn
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:11:55 AM

Another "time will tell" possibility.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:09:36 AM

Take the offer NY so you can lag further behind.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:05:55 AM

Maybe this will eventually replace corn
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:05:45 AM

bio fuels don't seem to work out.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:05:03 AM

I'm not sold on this.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:04:59 AM

Most likely a limited source of material.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:03:49 AM

ETHANOL, BIOFUELS FROM MOST GROWN CROPS IS A WASTE, BUT FROM LAND NOT SUITABLE FOR ANY OTHER USABLE CROPS, MIGHT NOT BE AS BAD.
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This is similar to nuclear fusion, more energy and resources go into making it than you get out of it. This could only work if it gets free money from the US taxpayers.
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I love variety!
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Something new for the government to subsidise!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:58:50 AM

GO SOLAR. You will get more power more easily from that than from other sources, especially from biofuels.
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Time will tell.
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Should have known that the federal government was involved but at least they didn't waste their money this time.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:57:00 AM

“About 800 acres of shrub willow can yield about 1 megawatt . . .”

That’s a lot of land to use for just one MW. I guess if they are using poor farmland and not removing forest that would be OK.
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I will believe it when I see it on the market.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:52:55 AM

Great.
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ok
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