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2009 June 26

China launches it's first bioenergy research hub

China has opened its first bioenergy research centre, signaling a concrete step forward in the government’s efforts to develop new sources of energy.

The research facility, based in Nanning, the capital city of southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, will focus on assessing the energy potential of cassava, sugar cane, and sweet sorghum, the Xinhua news agency reports.

China has an estimated 5 billion tonnes of potential bioenergy feedstock, with Guangxi’s cassava and sugar cane supplies making up 65 percent of the country’s total stock of those crops, according to research centre director Huang Ribo.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences estimates that bioenergy has the potential to replace 30 percent of China’s imported oil by 2050.

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