What common wild plants can be used to produce lots of alcohol for fueling cars?
Topic: What common wild plants can be used to produce lots of alcohol for fueling cars?
September 20, 2019 / By Breanne Question:
I know cattails, buffalo gourd, switchgrass, chestnuts, jerusalem artichoke
These sources were covered in David Blume's "Alcohol Can Be a Gas" book.
But I was wondering about other wild plants in the environment that can be used as alcohol, and its yield of alcohol per acre. Because they are free and abundant, perhaps a lot of them can be used in alcohol making for fuel for cars.
What about the potential of making alcohol from flowers? Aren't a lot of flowers sugary?
red clover flower
Best Answers: What common wild plants can be used to produce lots of alcohol for fueling cars?
Alethea | 6 days ago
The berries and fruits have sugar which is what is converted into alcohol by the yeast. The roots have carbohydrates which can be converted to sugars and then to alcohol by the yeasts but this takes longer. All others are cellulose which are also assembled from sugars but it takes much longer for the yeast to process cellulose and a lot of cellulose simply won't get processed.
The nectar, pollen and stamen in flowers are sugary but the flower itself is cellulose, probably better than the rest of the plant.
If you are going to use a low sugar feedstock, consider boiling it for a while, then letting it cool and adding the yeast.
It takes 30% more energy to make corn ethanol than you get from the ethanol but if are doing it yourself, you are avoiding the road taxes.
Just go by sugar and starch content.
The real issue is the amount of sugar and starch that can be made from the available land and water. The advantage of wild is you're using someone else's land and water.
Bio-diesel is a much more efficient biofuel.
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