Wind turbines and corn fields: new technology for carbon to fuel


The American Midwest is famous for its cornfields. Coincidentally, many of the states where the crop is grown (such as Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota) are also among the windiest in the US.

Because of these factors, the region is seen as a leader in renewable energy: much of the corn crop is used to generate millions of gallons of ethanol to fill fuel tanks, while the steady winds are exploited to turn wind turbines that generate thousands of kilowatt-hours (kWHs) of electricity to power homes and businesses.

While both endeavours are lowering carbon output and reducing green house gas emissions, there is plenty of room to go even further.

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