POET, the second-largest ethanol producer in the US, touts its economic impact on the economy in supporting 39,978 full-time jobs and adding $5.4B to US GDP.
Cellulosic bio-ethanol is poised to see large scale production for the first time next year. Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is ready to start construction of a plant in early 2014 that will produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic bio-ethanol annually, later ramping up to 25 million gallons. That's a lot, but to compare, the US uses 8.7 million barrels of gasoline per day (2011 average), not counting diesel fuel, and the US makes an average 832,000 barrels of corn-based ethanol each day.
Here's a question. Take that one-ton bale of biomass (specifically, corn cobs and stalks) in the picture above, turn it into cellulosic ethanol and mix it into E85 (so, dilute it with a bit of gasoline). Now, pour it into the flex-fuel Ford Fusion parked before it and start driving. Once you leave the DC Auto Show, where we came across all of this, how far will you be able to go?
I wonder just how much money and time has been spent by national organizations promoting flexfuel vehicles - even though we all know that E85 fuel is pretty hard to find. Whatever the calculation, we need to add in the cost of a new F150 crew cab flexible-fuel vehicle (around $36,000) and a year's worth of E85 (around $6,000). This was a bonus prize awarded to the Dirk Devries family in Minnesota, which recently won ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The local Dave Syverson Ford is providing
Quick, someone call John McCain. South Dakota could use his ethanol-drinking skills during the clean-up following a semi-truck accident near Big Stone. According to a very short story from the Associated Press this afternoon, the driver was injured (broken arm, cuts and bruises) and the truck was a "total loss" following an accident at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Several thousand gallons of ethanol spilled from the crash, and haz-mat teams were called in. It seems that the ethanol was from Poet, a