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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: Buck a Gallon. No Corn. Now. Reply with quote

http://www.wired.com/cars/energy/news/2008/01/ethanol23

Startup Says It Can Make Ethanol for $1 a Gallon, and Without Corn

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A biofuel startup in Illinois can make ethanol from just about anything organic for less than $1 per gallon, and it wouldn't interfere with food supplies, company officials said.

Coskata, which is backed by General Motors and other investors, uses bacteria to convert almost any organic material, from corn husks (but not the corn itself) to municipal trash, into ethanol.

"It's not five years away, it's not 10 years away. It's affordable, and it's now," said Wes Bolsen, the company's vice president of business development.

The discovery underscores the rapid innovation under way in the race to make cellulosic ethanol cheaply. With the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requiring an almost five-fold increase in ethanol production to 36 billion gallons annually by 2022, scientists are working quickly to reach that breakthrough.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject: Or, If You Prefer...Wood Reply with quote

Seems like everyone is making ethanol from everything these days...

Answering the next call for ethanol
ZEACHEM IN MENLO PARK ON LEADING EDGE OF USING WOOD, NOT CORN, IN PROCESS

http://www.siliconvalley.com/venturecapital/ci_8085419?nclick_check=1

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But critics of ethanol - ethyl-alcohol fuel, mostly made by fermenting sugars - fret that it now comes from corn, in an energy-intensive, environmentally damaging, costly process that also leads to higher grocery bills.

ZeaChem, a Menlo Park company, thinks it has a solution to those drawbacks. Using a proprietary combination of biotechnology and chemistry, ZeaChem says it can produce more affordable ethanol with wood chips, not corn, using less energy in the process.

Ethanol, and especially cellulosic ethanol that comes from the fibrous materials of plants, has gotten a lot of buzz in recent months. The energy bill signed by President Bush in the waning days of 2007 mandates a massive increase in ethanol production to 36 billion gallons by 2022. After 2015, nearly two-thirds of the ethanol, or 21 billion gallons, is supposed to come from non-corn sources, such as wood, switchgrass or stover, the non-kernel part of corn.
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