Camelina is one of the newest darlings as a biodiesel feedstock. Hype aside, what indeed is the real status of camelina in terms of biodiesel production? Are there are any medium or large scale biodiesel refineries using camelina as a feedsatock?
To my knowledge, no one is producing biofuel on even a medium scale from camelina right now. How are folks certain that this feedstock is the best and could scale to produce commercial quantities of biofuels?
What is your take on camelina as a biofuel feedstock?This message has been edited. Last edited by: solarant,
You generate biomass, improve the soil, and produce a little bit of oil. There are a lot of reasons to believe that Camelina has a future in this country. Additionally government support programs provide some incentives to farmers willing to experiment with this crop.
I have some concern that the unique properties of camelina oil will result in it being used more for nutrition us than for biodiesel. There's a little bit of speculation in that statement though.
Location: CO, CA, KS, or FL | Registered: January 17, 2009
Why use scarce water, fertilizer, and arable land to grow fuel crops, when the same land/water/fertilizer could grow more profitable food crops?
Camelina and Canola are grown around here because they don't need irrigation or fertilizer, and because the food crop (wheat) requires a fallow year between crops. By growing one of these oilseed crops during the years between food crops, less fertilizer is used, less pesticide is used, and the farmer gets a second money crop. It's economics. The local biodiesel plant is owned by the wheat growers union. If you grow the same food crops on the same land every year, you kill the soil. Then you rely on chemicals to keep the soil productive, which is expensive and ultimately counter-productive. Food crops are not "more profitible" - that's a bad assumption.
Location: Moses Lake, WA, USA | Registered: August 15, 2001
Camelina in addition to Canola usually are harvested close to in this article simply because don't require irrigation or fertilizer, in addition to for the reason that foodstuff crop (wheat) uses a fallow year among herbs. By growing one of those oilseed herbs in the many years among foodstuff herbs, much less fertilizer is used, much less pesticide is used, and also the farmer will get a second cash crop. It's economics. The area biodiesel place is held by the rice prop nation.
Location: United states | Registered: March 21, 2015