Cellulosic Ethanol: One Molecule Could Cure Our Addiction to Oil. ‘On a blackboard, it looks so simple: Take a plant and extract the cellulose. Add some enzymes and convert the cellulose molecules into sugars. Ferment the sugar into alcohol. Then distill the alcohol into fuel. One, two, three, four — and we’re powering our cars with lawn cuttings, wood chips, and prairie grasses instead of Middle East oil.
Unfortunately, passing chemistry class doesn’t mean acing economics. Scientists have long known how to turn trees into ethanol, but doing it profitably is another matter. We can run our cars on lawn cuttings today; we just can’t do it at a price people are willing to pay.’
More interesting readings about Cellulosic Ethanol and Biofuels:
BioCycle – Creating Cellulosic Ethanol: Spinning Straw into Fuel
RFA: Cellulosic Ethanol
EIA: Biofuels in the U.S. Transportation Sector