Flowers to Combat Energy Crisis

Gas prices are rising by the day but one farmer has found his solution to the problem in flowers.

Keith Armstrong plans to convert sunflowers into biofuel and he has started planting already.

Flowers to Combat Energy Crisis

He explains: “The main reason I decided to plant sunflowers is to see if the process is economically feasible. Five dollars a gallon for diesel fuel is just too much.”

He has gotten many questions from people passing by his fields of sunflowers.

Armstrong believes that sunflowers are an inexpensive sustainable resource and they are also pleasant to look at.

The type of sunflowers Armstrong is planting are a special type called Teton. What makes them especially good for fuel is that they produce large quantities of oil. He will probably get 525 to 700 gallons of fuel oil when he has harvested his seven-acre crop.

Armstrong says, “I plan to use the extracted biodiesel as fuel for my 1973 International Tractor, which I’m told doesn’t require any conversions to accept the biofuel, and to sell what’s leftover.”

[Via: iBerkshires.com]

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