Thursday, November 30, 2006

Imagine--Fuel Alcohol From Pea Starch!

Field peas for ethanol production are potentially attractive because it is a short season, cool weather crop that can be grown in regions too cold for corn. It may also be planted before or after a warm weather crop for more production in a year off a given poece of land. It's also a legume and thus requires no added nitrogen fertilizer, a large energy saving feature compared to corn. -- Jeffrey Goettemoeller
Imagine--Fuel Alcohol From Pea Starch! / March 28, 2006 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service:
by Jan Suszkiw
"During studies, the fermented pea starch produced somewhat less ethanol than corn (1.7 gallons per bushel versus 2.8), because the legume had less starch to begin with. But the pea starch fermented just as easily as corn starch. Potentially, the high yield of enriched protein, together with the fermentation leftovers, could be sold as livestock feed. "

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