It's taken decades for Brazil's ethanol industry to provide the domestic market with a flood of ethanol. The country's biodiesel industry is still young, but the future for this biofuel may not be as glorious as its yellow cousin's thanks to a combination of bad planning and limited source material.
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva helped open his country's first ethanol and biodiesel plant Wednesday. The plant will make both biofuels from oilseeds and represents Brazil's shift into biofuels other than ethanol, which has dominated the country's fuel economy for decades. The Barralcool plant has been making ethanol for over twenty years and was recently integrated with biodiesel production machinery.