Will Cellulosic Ethanol Replace Gasoline?

WILL CELLULOSIC ETHANOL REPLACE GASOLINE?

Recent reports from Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors have estimated that by 2030, alternative energy and biofuels in the U.S will replace one-third of annual gasoline consumption. One of the clean technology forerunners contributing to this reduction is cellulosic ethanol. Cellulosic ethanol is already being produced on a commercial scale by several companies across the U.S. and is already commercially viable:

Benefits of Cellulosic Ethanol:
  • Fewer steps used to break down waste product means more conversion potential for fermentable components
  • No impact on essential food resources (unlike corn-based ethanol production)
  • Produced from agricultural waste products/non-food sources (switchgrass and wood chips)
  • Reduction in air pollution (traditional gas production can radiate roughly 75-80% more CO2 emissions)
  • Reduction in green house gases (traditional reformulated gas production can emit roughly 80% more green house gases)
  • Reduction in fine particle emissions (traditional gasoline production can discharge roughly 50% more fine particle emissions)

 

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