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Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy.
    #2595626 - 04/23/04 06:27 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Just because a great big oil company does it doesn't mean it's not activism.

This is some pretty big stuff to ba able to turn the entire biomass of corn/hemp/kenaf into ethanol rather than just the edible starch producing parts like food corn. This will allow the entire mass of the plant to be turned into fuel. It may even be bigger than thermal depolymerization.


http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/04/22/biofuel040422

OTTAWA - After more than 20 years and $110-million worth of research, a Canadian company has found a way to make "greener" gasoline on a commercial scale.

Iogen Corporation of Ottawa has developed enzymes to break down waste straw and wood chips into ethanol on a commercial scale.


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"This is our big Eureka moment, because this is the first time in the world that such large quantities of cellulose ethanol have been made," said Jeff Passmore, vice president of Iogen on Wednesday, the eve of Earth Day.

Until now, the ethanol blend used in commercial gasoline was made from the food portion of crops like corn.

Critics said conventional corn and grain-based ethanol requires as much energy to produce as it releases when burnt, once the energy for tractors and pesticides are taken into account.

Environmentalists prefer cellulose ethanol because it is made from farm waste and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

"Iogen has figured out how to weave gold out of straw," said Elizabeth May, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, who was among the invited guests, including Prime Minister Paul Martin.

The federal government has stressed the importance of alternative fuels to meet Kyoto protocol targets. It has invested $21.1 million in the company, of which $10 million is repayable.

"The government of Canada will continue to support the development of clean energy technologies, technologies that pay not only environmental dividends but economic ones as well," said Martin.

The first shipment of 5,000 litres of cellulose ethanol will be blended with regular unleaded gasoline at a Petro-Canada refinery in Montreal. It will then be shipped to some of the company's gas stations.

Both Petro-Canada and Royal Dutch Shell are supporting the project with $24.7 million and $46 million respectively.

Iogen plans to build a full-scale commercial plant next year.


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2595671 - 04/23/04 06:43 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

More importantly, think of how the alcohol industry could use this!

I bet this won't be used in the US for a long time to come, even when almost all of the world is using. The US is stubborn about things like this for some reason, just as they're stubborn about their drug position, their standard measuring system and such and such. Good breakthrough though


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: Ravus]
    #2595698 - 04/23/04 06:48 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Doubt it, we already have gasahol and when the price of ethanol starts going down, and the price of gasoline starts going up, the percentage of alcohol in gasahol wil start to rise. Many newer cars are flexifuel cars already. This will soon become even more common as the price of petroleum continues to skyrocket.


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2595919 - 04/23/04 08:38 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Right now, ethanol fuel in the US is heavily subsidised. It is not environmentally freindly because growing the corn and distilling the alcohol uses more fuel than the energy equivalent of the alcohol produced.

This is good news. I am glad to read about ethanol fuel production which might actually be good for the environment.


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    #2595921 - 04/23/04 08:39 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

ethanol is good.  :thumbup:


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    #2595928 - 04/23/04 08:42 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

It is not environmentally freindly because growing the corn and distilling the alcohol uses more fuel than the energy equivalent of the alcohol produced.






That was true when we only used the kernals of the corn plant. This may fix that.


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #3667694 - 01/23/05 02:30 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Caution: I understand that this new enzyme is produced by a genetically engineered yeast. The new yeast also produces a toxin not created by ordinary yeast. I doubt that you will be drinking anything produced by this exciting but potentially disasterous microbe.


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    #3667743 - 01/23/05 02:43 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

MADE IN AMERICA!


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    #3667745 - 01/23/05 02:44 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I wonder what Mike Ruppert ahs to say about this... going to check his site...


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #3667803 - 01/23/05 03:00 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Wow!

So what are we talking about here, fuel that can be used in conventional engines??





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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: grainofsalt]
    #3668082 - 01/23/05 04:15 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I have yet to hear details about what kind of organism it is.

I'm not interested in drinking it anyway. The kernels will do fine for that.


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: Learyfan]
    #3668105 - 01/23/05 04:20 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Flex-fuel vehicles aren't too uncommon.

http://www.agriculture.state.ia.us/e85vehicles.html


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Re: Huge honking breakthrough for biomass energy. [Re: grainofsalt]
    #3671638 - 01/24/05 10:54 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Caution: I understand that this new enzyme is produced by a genetically engineered yeast. The new yeast also produces a toxin not created by ordinary yeast. I doubt that you will be drinking anything produced by this exciting but potentially disasterous microbe.

Sources?


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