October 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Technology offers multiple pathways to biogasoline

Overall, the bioethanol industry is evolving from a base primarily of fermenting grain (corn, wheat, milo, etc.), sugar (sugarcane and beet) and starch (cassava, potatoes, etc.) to cellulose fermentat..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Overall, the bioethanol industry is evolving from a base primarily of fermenting grain (corn, wheat, milo, etc.), sugar (sugarcane and beet) and starch (cassava, potatoes, etc.) to cellulose fermentation and gasification. However, technologies for thermal-chemical conversion of biomass also can serve to make biogasoline. This can have a major impact on overall vehicle fuel supplies in the future. Presently, the primary commercial type of biogasoline is bioethanol, but other types are being developed to meet various challenges. A recent report from Nexant Chem Systems (www.nexant.com) focuses on the technical and economic outlook for biologically-based liquid fuels that can substitute for c

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