Dammit, I knew I should have filed papers when I had the chance. I had similar notions for vertically-integrated solar farms--my immediate vision was to build them in coastal Western Sahara or in southeast Niger--for the purposes of ethanol (and, more importantly, spurring economic growth in Saharan Africa; I'm a big fan of corporatist humanitarianism).
well holy shit. this is the most promising biofuel investigation i have seen yet.
i know that corn-based ethanol is a silly idea, but that statistic blew me away.