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Cellulosic Ethanol Technology’s Readiness for Commercial Deployment

October 7th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in cellulosic ethanol

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While on this side, for biodiesel, algae appear to be one of the feedstocks of the future, on the other side, for gasoline, the equivalent appears to be cellulosic ethanol, whose yields, it appears are higher than ethanol from corn and sugarcane.

So thought maybe this note could be of interest to you.

This is from a (US) Congressional Briefing Notice. I’m too late in posting this, the event appears to be over already!, but the details of the briefing could be of use.

Congressional Briefing Notice: Cellulosic Ethanol Technology: Is it Ready To Be Commercially Deployed Today?

9/20/2006 3:19:00 PM

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To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor, Energy, Environment reporters

Contact: Jetta Wong, 202-662-1885

News Advisory:

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites media to a Congressional briefing to hear directly from industry leaders who are eager and prepared to begin deploying cellulosic ethanol technologies. As our country faces a future of growing oil imports and national security concerns, volatile oil and gas markets, climatic shifts and potentially more challenges to our agricultural policies, cellulosic ethanol technologies are emerging as a part of the solution to all of these problems. But there are significant issues surrounding deployment of these technologies that need to be addressed. This briefing will cover some of the leading companies’ projects, their plans for deployment, their technological approaches, as well as risks and challenges that the industry still faces.

Speakers:

— Arnold R. Klann – chairman, president, CEO, BlueFire Ethanol, Inc

— Maurice Hladk – director, marketing, Iogen, Corp.

— John Doyle – vice president, operations, Celunol, Corp.

Date: Friday, Sept. 22

Time: 12-1 p.m.

Location: 1302 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Background:

Cellulosic ethanol is ethanol derived from essentially inexhaustible resources by utilizing the cellulose that is found in all plant matter, in contrast to starch-based ethanol produced mainly from corn. Cellulose is a carbohydrate polymer that makes up the walls of all plant cells and is also found in green algae and some bacteria. Many people know that corn stover and switchgrass can be converted to ethanol, but technologies have been developed to process a number of other cellulosic feedstocks, including dedicated energy crops like hybrid poplars, willow, miscanthus, sorghum as well as “waste” biomass like sugarcane bagasse, rice hulls, orchard prunings, wheat straw, and forest thinnings.

In addition, municipal wastes, waste paper, yard and construction wastes, and industrial wastes such as pulp/paper and sludge also are target feedstocks. Cellulose is the most abundant naturally-occurring organic compound on earth and its efficient conversion to renewable energy would represent an important breakthrough.

Research on cellulosic ethanol technologies has been underway for quite sometime. The Department of Energy has invested in research on enzymatic, thermochemical, acid hydrolysis, hybrid hydrolysis/enzymatic and a variety of other approaches. The Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 helped develop a number of these technologies from conception to pre-commercial status. While this research is important, federal support through programs authorized in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58), e.g, the DOE Loan Guarantee program, the Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels program, and the Integrated Biorefinery Demonstration Projects, need to be expeditiously funded and implemented to overcome initial barriers to commercialization and to gain the considerable public benefits that will flow from deployment.

DOE has set a goal of displacing 30 percent of gasoline demand (2004 levels) with biofuels, primarily ethanol, by 2030. The opportunities to address national security, climate change and rural economic pressures by increasing the deployment of cellulosic technologies are viewed as a “win-win-win” by many. Cutting oil imports, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in our rural communities are all positive attributes of the commercialization of these technologies.

This briefing is open to the public.

Attn Reporters: If you are unable to attend the briefing, but would like to schedule an interview, please contact Stella H. Melley at 202-431-6461. For general information, please contact Jetta Wong at 202-662-1885.

http://www.usnewswire.com/ – oringial press release here

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