February 2011

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Ethanol infrastructure lackingThe US does not have the infrastructure to meet the federal mandate for renewable fuel use with ethanol but could meet the standard with significant increases in cellulos..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ethanol infrastructure lacking The US does not have the infrastructure to meet the federal mandate for renewable fuel use with ethanol but could meet the standard with significant increases in cellulosic and next-generation biofuels, according to a Purdue University study. The report’s authors used US Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data to determine that the US is at the “blending wall,” the saturation point for ethanol use. Without new technology or a significant increase in infrastructure, the study predicts that the country will not be able to consume more ethanol than is being currently produced. The US federal renewable fuel standa

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