The Threat of Energy Independence

Hemp has untapped market as biofuel, Pikeville businessman says

But the advantages from hemp would be exponentially greater, Ford said, because hemp oil from seeds could be used for aviation fuel and biodiesel. Other parts of the plant — such as the “hurds” from the woody middle of the stalk — could be used for cellulosic ethanol.

Ford said the biomass also could be blended with Kentucky’s high-sulfur coal to “green” it up.

“We’re working with coal companies right now on a strategy for post-mining land use to add value to the land and create jobs,” Ford said.

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