Mexican Magic Saves The World
It has been a long time since my last post, sorry about that, but this year started in high-speed. I have been busy with Copenhagen Cocktail Club and out latest project, Battle Of Scandinavia ( http://facebook.com/battleofscandinavia ). A competition for bartenders that are serious about their trade and are in the game to learn and get better. Let the best team win. No rest for the wicked some say, and after a long christmas and new years filled with agave in all it’s forms I can finally sit dow and take a couple of hours to write about something I have been looking at for a while. Agave as bio fuel. The more I read about this the more I learn, duh. But as with a lot of things some times it gets too much, and too much information is not always interesting. So I will keep this as long or short as I find interesting, if you would like to know more about it, I will happily point you in the right direction.
Agave can greatly contribute to the solution of mankind’s worst problems: global warming, overpopulation, hunger, poverty, lack and dependence of oil, stagnation of the economy. Enhanced Agave Tequilana Weber Cultivar, developed by Professor Remigio Madrigal Lugo at the University of Chapingo, is the ideal feedstock for a truly sustainable Bioeconomy. On an annual basis agave takes 6-10 years to harvest, it produces 3X more sugars than sugarcane (up to 42° Brix); 8X more cellulose (52 tonnes/hectare/year) than the fastest‐growing Eucalyptus and 4X more dry biomass (80 tonnes/hectare/year) than the GMO poplar tree designed in the USA for cellulosic ethanol production, hence fixing 4X more CO2. No other plant in the world has such potential!
“This is a scientific fact-they don’t require watering or fertilizing and they can absorb carbon dioxide during the night. The plants annually produce up to 500 metric tons (green) of biomass per hectare”, says agave expert Arturo Valez Jimenez.
But it is not only the Mexicans who find this very useful, due to the toughness of the agave plant it can grow pretty much anywhere it is warm enough. South Australian company Ausagave has for the past four years been working towards growing the robust plant for ethanol production in this country. ” More than 10,000 agave plants are sitting in pots and will be the subject of pilot plantings on the Atherton Tablelands and Burdekin region of Northern Queensland this year “, says Don Chambers from Ausagave.
Chambers points out that agave has a sugar content of 27 to 38 percent, compared to sugar cane’s content of 10 to 14 percent. Cane produces about 6000 l/ha/a from the sugar, while certain selections of agave in Mexico have produced up to 18,000 litres per hectare. “These figures far outshine the plants that are dominating ethanol and biofuels research, development and investment today – not only in terms of potential ethanol yield per hectare but also in terms of energy balance – the ratio of energy in the product to the energy input to produce it.”
There you go, once again Tequila will save the world. Salud!