Airport grassland biofuel potential
- Airports in the US own an area of grasslands larger that the State of Rhode Island. A study supported by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) highlights this grassland as suitable for alternative energy production, predominantly solar and biofuel crops, to provide a new source of airport revenue. Wind energy is only feasible at the larges airports, where turbines could be placed at a sufficient distance from air operations. Certain biofuel crops, including strains of grasses, would repel wildlife which attracts birds, reducing the risk of collisions with aircraft.