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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Aug 2, 2013 8:46 PM Flag

    Move over corn, a new source of ethanol is in town VIDEO

    Move over corn, a new source of ethanol is in town VIDEO

    John Roach, NBC News

    INEOS Bio started production of commercial-scale bioethanol at its first facility near Vero Beach, Fla.

    Commercial quantities of the alternative fuel ethanol are being produced from wood waste and other vegetative matter, a chemical company announced Wednesday. The milestone holds potential to curb the controversial practice of using corn kernels to brew the fuel that is commonly mixed with gasoline.

    Several companies have been racing in recent years to develop the technology required to produce ethanol from cellulose — the woody parts of plants — and many are close to firing up commercial facilities. INEOS Bio is at the finish line.

    "The breakthrough would be that they are going to have the first commercial sale," Jim McMillan, a research engineer at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., told NBC News.

    "And we all want to see commercial sales of cellulosic biofuels … we'd like to expand the options and move to a more sustainable feedstock basis that doesn't potentially compete with food and feed," he added. "So there are lots of reasons to be excited."

    A different brew
    Corn and other grain-based ethanols are produced using essentially the same process that a brewery uses to brew beer: sugars are extracted from the grains and inoculated with yeast that ferment the sugars into ethanol.

    INEOS Bio begins with wood waste and other vegetative matter and gasifies it — a cooking process that turns it into an energy-rich mix of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Bacteria then feast on the gas mix, fermenting it to ethanol for distillation.

    Heat and other gases produced in the process are captured to generate power needed to run the facility; the excess is sold to the surrounding community. For a more detailed explanation, check out the video below from INEOS Bio.

    The process was scaled up at the company's Vero Beach, Fla., p

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    • Investors who assume the future appears to be the same as the look in their rear view mirror, are virtually speeding recklessly towards a head-on collision with change! BioFuels! EV's!

      Will Tillerson use XOM's mountains of cash to purchase or develop biorefineries all over America and the world? If he does what happens to cash flow and earnings?

      Ugly!

      My sentiment on oil is at best underweight or otherwise sell. And my opinion of natural gas isn't much better at hold or sell into any perception of strength.

      Expect accelerated installation of inexpensive solar panels on America's rooftops that will be backed up with off-grid renewable energy storage. Batteries!

      In the news!...
      The proliferation of privately owned solar has large power companies in Germany worried. For two decades, they’ve been forced to facilitate and finance their competition, helping turn customers into producers. Soon, rooftop solar and other small-scale, locally owned renewables could upset the market for coal and nuclear power.

 
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