Sweet sorghum on trial in Australia

AgriFuels Limited will be planting a trial crop of sweet sorghum near Childers, QLD in the next few weeks. The aim of the trial is to assess the suitability of sweet sorghum as a feedstock for ethanol production.

The trial in Childers will be carried out over the next five months. If feasibility studies and trial results are positive an ethanol plant could be established in Childers within 2 years.

Sweet sorghum harvesting

A University of Pretoria report says sweet sorghum appears to be suitable for the production of alcohol and researchers have shown that it can yield up to 45 tonnes of biomass per hectare in 110 days. Fermentable solids in the stalks amount to 2.5 to 5 tonnes per hectare.

Sweet sorghum is adapted to fertile soils from clay to loam with neutral to high pH (5 to 8.5) but best growth is achieved on loams and sandy loams. It has some tolerance of salinity and good drought tolerance with best results in semi-arid areas with 500–800 mm rainfall.

This Biopact article explains how Dr A.R. Palani Swamy, an engineer who returned to India from the U.S., has set up a sweet sorghum-based ethanol plant in his native country with the help of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. The feedstock requires only one ninth of the water needed to grow sugar cane and only half that of maize; fertilizer inputs are comparably low. For these inputs, the sweet sorghum yields around 3160 litres of ethanol a hectare, comparable to the output for corn.

Source: ABC Rural, Tropical Forages, Biopact

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5 Responses

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  2. SWEET SORGHUM COULD BE BIGGER THAN MAIZE OR SUGARCANE FOR PRODUCING ETHANOL.
    SPECIALLY SUITED TO THRIVE ON ARID LANDS COULD MORE THAN DOUBLE US ETHANOL PRODUCTION EXPANDING IT WEST AND SOUTH
    AUSTRALIA COULD BENEFIT OF SWEET SORGHUM -ETHANOL PRODUCTION IN HIS NORTH AND ARID CENTER TO SUSTITUTE ALL GAS CONSUPTION FOR ETHANOL.INDIA,PAKISTAN,CHINA,SOUTH AFRICA,REST OF AFRICA,CENTRAL ASIA,MEXICO AND ARGENTINA WILL ALSO TOTALLY SUSTITUTE ITS OIL CONSUPTION WITH SWEET SORGHUM -ETHANOL CULTIVATION.THE CROP COULD BE COMBINE WITH PEANUTS OR SOYBEANS FOR EVEN BETTER RESULTS

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