Fueling the future

In 2012, PETROSS began an ambitious journey to transform sugarcane and sweet sorghum to naturally produce more biofuel per acre than any other crop. But PETROSS is about more than engineering a better plant—it is engineering a better future. A future not diminished by greenhouse gas emissions, but instead, a future fueled by plants.

With critical support from ARPA-E, PETROSS is providing the means for inexhaustible and sustainable wells of oil sprouting in economically depressed rural areas. In just a few years, the project has created bigger, more productive biofuel crops that can be grown on more marginal land than ever before. But now could be the beginning of the end. Only with commercial support can PETROSS help meet the demands of the future by fully realizing the project’s vision for ultra-productive biofuel crops grown in the U.S.


If you want to become a part of our vision to create a more fuel independent future, contact PETROSS Communications Coordinator Claire Benjamin at claire@illinois.edu or 217-244-0941 for more information.