Watermelon Power In Our Future?

watermelonAccording to a new study by the U.S. government, unwanted watermelons could be a promising new source for making ethanol.  Every year up to 20% of all the watermelon crop is left to rot in the field due to an unusual shape or blemish.  With watermelon plants yielding 60-100 tons of fruit per acre, that’s a lot of unused watermelon.  According to the study, these unused watermelon could be used to generate 2.5 million gallons of ethanol per year.  Researchers pointed out that it is likely not feasible to ship these watermelon for processing, but that average sized growers with access to a mobile processor could produce enough ethanol for their own use.  Larger growers could produce enough for sale.  For more information, see Discovery News.

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