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Old 05-28-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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Tomorrow in Jennings, Louisiana the USA's first Bio Refinery for Cellulose waste made from Sugar Cane and not from Corn will be used. There are others in the planning or construction phase but this is great news as the USA slowly moves away from Corn Ethanol to Sugar Cane ethanol.

Great story on MIT Technology Review for those interested.
Technology Review: Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:15 AM
 
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Yep, I work for the Range Fuels company that is mentioned in the article. Pretty cool stuff. We have been running our demonstration sized plant for several months now and as the link given shows , the construction at our commercial plant site is coming along nicely.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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Default What about Sugar Beets?

How do sugar beets compare with sugar cane in terms of use are a biofuel?
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:22 PM
 
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Yep, I work for the Range Fuels company that is mentioned in the article. Pretty cool stuff. We have been running our demonstration sized plant for several months now and as the link given shows , the construction at our commercial plant site is coming along nicely.
That's cool to hear Wyomiles.....Let us know how things are working out as it moves along !!

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Old 05-30-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Moorhead, MN
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Tomorrow in Jennings, Louisiana the USA's first Bio Refinery for Cellulose waste made from Sugar Cane and not from Corn will be used. There are others in the planning or construction phase but this is great news as the USA slowly moves away from Corn Ethanol to Sugar Cane ethanol.
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The important point here isn't that it's from sugarcane but that it is cellulosic. Leftover corn waste, or corn stover, could also be used to produce cellulosic ethanol.
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:20 AM
 
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The important point here isn't that it's from sugarcane but that it is cellulosic. Leftover corn waste, or corn stover, could also be used to produce cellulosic ethanol.
Correct !! Also liked in the article that this is just the first as others are planned or under construction and at larger capacities so lets hope all goes well for this technology.
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Good! This should lower food prices somewhat and be a more efficient additive since sugarcane provides more joules than corn.
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:37 PM
 
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Now one day they will come to thier senses and stop ethanol all together, but as long as farmers have lobbying power, it won't happen in the near future.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Great link. Funny how $4 per gallon gas has accelerated research into alternatives and changed driving habits much faster and more efficiently than all the previous government regulations, subsidies, and mandates combined!
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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Now one day they will come to thier senses and stop ethanol all together, but as long as farmers have lobbying power, it won't happen in the near future.
It's not the farmers who have the influence, it's the major processors like Archer Daniels Midland with the influence. They are the ones who lobbied congress for this assinine subsidy and credit for ethanol that has distorted sensible market conditions.

The days for farmers having influence is long since over. A very small percentage of our population either lives on a farm or engages in farming activity.
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