The University of Louisville is growing industrial hemp in order to research the possibility of using hemp to produce alternative fuel. This crop they are set to start growing will mark the second crop for the Conn Center for Renewable Energy at the University of Louisville.
By growing the hemp crops right on campus they hope that the project is going to inspire awareness with other students about what is going on at the center.
The research that is being conducted there is said to be focused specifically on the potential of using hemp to create biofuels and this makes them unique, that they are researching in an effort to solve certain energy problems.
Aside from the University of Louisville growing hemp, there are a number of other schools around the U.S. who are also experimenting with growing the plant. But those schools don't have the same objective for their research, with aiming for renewable biofuel.
Hemp is said to be much cleaner and cheaper to produce than oil, coal, and other resources. Making it ideal if it can be used to create fuel, it could help to solve many energy needs around the world.
At the moment, hemp is only legal in the U.S. if you are growing it in collaboration with specific state departments of agriculture, under legislation that has been passed detailing the rules surrounding growing.
The farming of hemp is still illegal federally, despite many states now looking at this crop as a potential for being able to provide jobs and much needed income.
The researchers are hoping that with their work they can eliminate much of the stigma that currently is attached to hemp. They want to educate the public on the benefits that can be provided, to be enthusiastic about the potential that this crop could provide.
Hemp has already been used for many years in order to successfully create biodiesel and bioethanol, is said to be superior in that it's environmentally friendlier to produce than crops like corn or sugar, and can pretty much grow in any climate.
Public Radio East