Pudding power: Tapioca gets its just desserts

An unlikely biofuel source has emerged in the form of the tapioca plant. Viaspace Green Energy produce Giant King Grass from the cassava (tapioca) plant, which is a low-carbon, renewable […]

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By Tom Gibson

An unlikely biofuel source has emerged in the form of the tapioca plant. Viaspace Green Energy produce Giant King Grass from the cassava (tapioca) plant, which is a low-carbon, renewable biomass crop.

Viaspace will deliver the plant to an adapted power plant in Thailand, which will convert the tapioca plant into 1,000,000 litres of bioethanol per day. The plant acts as an alternative fuel source for wood waste biomass boilers.

Giant King Grass is a fast-growing plant that grows up to 4 metres tall and can be harvested four times a year with yields of up to 156 metric tons per acre per year.

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