Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

Experiments show that Georgia Kudu contains about a 50/1 carbon/nitrogen ratio. The generally accepted and in-use carbon to nitrogen ratio is around 30/1 and this can usually be achieved through well understood fermentation and distillation technologies as described here. These processes are the techniques through which Ethanol is extracted form sugar cane and corn. This research effort shows that Kudzu Plant (a wild growing weed/plant in the state of Georgia and elsewhere) can be a viable, however not a standalone source of ethanol. The initial focus of this effort was on the plant itself, and the current associated products and uses. As the literature revealed, Kudzu is a viable source of Ethanol. Thus, with this renewable source of Ethanol, it is conceivable that a good alternative source for the enhancement of Bio-Fuels production from Algae and other Vegetable Oils has been found. The later effort then provided the needed basis for the answers to the “how” aspects of the production technology. The initial design approach in this effort, were limited to three aspects: harvesting, processing and product distribution. The final designs show strong promise for Ethanol production from Kudzu. These will include ergonomic harvesting, processing the material from actual plant matter all the way to distillation into Ethanol, and conceptual designs for harvesting from places where Kudzu has become a nuisance in combination with harvesting from Kudzu farms yet to be established

Source

Presentation at the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.

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