One of the biggest frustrations an increasingly energy-hungry but environmentally-conscious world faces is that coal, an abundant and economical source of energy, is also a major source of pollution. Nearly a third of the world’s energy use comes from coal, and almost half of the electrical energy generated in the U.S. is coal based. That’s because coal is found all over the world, with the U.S. holding the biggest recoverable coal deposits, followed by Russia and China.
Unlike oil, which the U.S. and most other countries must import, coal is often a localized resource, offering more control over energy and also providing local jobs. And coal is relatively cheap, less expensive than nuclear power or even natural gas. The problem, of course, is that coal, in spite of anti-pollution advancements, is still a big source of greenhouse gases, among other pollutants. In a world where governments are seeking solutions that offer both high energy and low carbon, Giant King Grass from VIASPACE could be coal’s best friend.
Giant King Grass (GKG), proprietary to VIASPACE, is an ultra-efficient dedicated energy crop. In fact, it is recognized as the highest yielding biomass crop in the world. It grows so fast, and on marginal lands as opposed to food crop lands, that it can be harvested multiple times each year. Rivaling even fossil fuels in cost effectiveness, GKG is already being planted in different parts of the world as a fuel to be used in nearby power plants. As an energy source, GKG’s key advantage is that is has a carbon footprint that approaches zero, because the crop absorbs as much carbon from the atmosphere when it is being grown as it releases when burned. It represents an efficient energy source that is clean, an ideal combination. In addition, as a simple combustible, it requires no special technologies or infrastructure.
But what may become its most appealing quality globally is that GKG can be compressed into concentrated pellets, shippable to anyplace in the world, where it can augment coal burning plants to significantly reduce pollution. With no significant modifications, coal burning plants can now progress down the carbon ladder, and do it economically.
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