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  • manylumen manylumen Jun 11, 2009 12:09 AM Flag

    Ethanol from wheat straw

    from AP june 10/09: " Shell Canada begins selling gas blended with biofuel made of wheat straw.", apparently they have a demonstration plant (small 10,500 gal/mo) and are selling ethanol made from wheat straw. So the technology is getting developed. No doubt adm is well on its way to making a profitable ethanol from cellulose technology. If i remember correctly adm is partnered with a major university and has a govt grant to work on R$D and commercialization of such technology. Interesting that many of the big oil companies are working on this as well. I see vlo bought ethanol facilities, Bp is going to build an ethanol plant (if i remember correctly), now shell. I guess they want to diversify, and must also have come to the conclusion ethanol is worth getting into. I hope adm takes its time to work out any problems and get the best possible process.
    Still like the core business of adm best.

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