Cellulosic Ethanol on Wired Magazine

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 […]

Economist Article on Biofuels

Economist: Ethanol, schmethanol. ‘Everyone seems to think that ethanol is a good way to make cars greener. Everyone is wrong. SOMETIMES you do things simply because you know how to. People have known how to make ethanol since the dawn of civilisation, if not before. Take some sugary liquid. Add yeast. Wait. They have also […]

New Distillation Process Improves Energy Efficiency of Corn Ethanol Production

Carnegie Mellon Engineers Devise New Process To Improve Energy Efficiency of Ethanol Production. ‘Carnegie Mellon University chemical engineers have devised a new process that can improve the efficiency of ethanol production, a major component in making biofuels a significant part of the U.S. energy supply. Carnegie Mellon researchers have used advanced process-design methods combined with […]

CAST Commentary: Convergence of Agriculture and Energy: Implications for Research and Policy

Scientists want more ethanol research. ‘To ensure there’s enough corn to fuel humans as well as vehicles, scientists are urging more research into boosting corn yields and improving ethanol production. Many key issues related to expanding the nation’s ethanol industry aren’t being studied under current government programs, said Kenneth G. Cassman, director of the Nebraska […]

New Technologies to Convert Cellulosic Biomass into Biofuels (Cellulosic Ethanol)

DuPont, Chevron Aim To Advance Cellulosic Ethanol. ‘Chemical producers and their partners take steps to bring ethanol derived from crop wastes to market. DuPont and Chevron separately announced joint ventures this week that are designed to advance the development of renewable transportation fuels by bringing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol to market. DuPont and ethanol producer Broin […]