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We have covered China's interest in biofuels quite a number of times. What we didn't have until now were some clear figures on how the ethanol market is developing in the world's most populated country. Since 2004, fuel ethanol production has increased from 0.3 metric tons to 1.5 metric tons in 2007 and the Chinese fuel ethanol market is expected to double in the next few years. However, China is facing a serious problem: the lack of available land, especially when most of the ethanol is made fr

As we wrote recently, the Guanxi province in the south of China is using its main agricultural product, cassava, to produce ethanol. This tuberous root can be grown in dry land which, according to Xinhua's official news agency, allows biofuel production without competing with food resources. Local drivers will be able to use the biofuel soon: pumps in Guanxi's 14 cities will distribute ethanol exclusively in two weeks time.

A company based in Wisconsin called ENCAP has attracted some attention from investors when they recently found an agricultural product with which they can produce using the byproducts from the creation of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. In fact, they can use "almost any inert material, including byproducts of the sugar cane process, or dried distillers grains from the corn ethanol process", according to Michael Krysiak, president of ENCAP in an interview performed by Inside Greentech. They