Skip to comments.Florida Plant to Produce Advanced Ethanol
Posted on 07/31/2013 7:09:33 PM PDT by neverdem
Facility Offers Promise of Producing Fuel Out of Everything From Grass to Garbage
A Florida plant started commercial-scale production of advanced ethanol, its owners said Wednesday, marking the first time a U.S. facility has made large quantities of the fuel from the inedible parts of plants.
The news was a milestone for the renewable fuels industry, which has been dogged by criticism that its current method of making fuel from corn or sugar diverts those crops from the food chain and raises food prices.
If INEOS Bio can sustain production at the Florida plant, it would offer the promise of a new industry producing fuel out of everything from grass to garbage.
"One of the frustrations of the policy debate has been the comment that, 'It's not here yet, no one is producing yet,' " said Peter Williams, chief executive of INEOS Bio, in an interview. Now, he said, "it's arriving. It's here."
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said INEOS Bio, a unit of Switzerland-based chemical manufacturer INEOS, was using a technology that the Department of Energy helped develop in the 1990s.
The INEOS plant in Vero Beach, Fla., heats organic material like yard waste or wood chips, producing a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Then it uses bacteria to ferment the gas and create ethanol, which is widely used in the U.S. as an additive to gasoline.
The company says it intends to sell ethanol into the U.S. fuel market and plans to release its first shipments in August. A spokesman wouldn't say how much ethanol the plant has produced so far but said it has achieved "commercial-scale production."
"We expect to spend the remainder of 2013 putting the plant through its paces, and demonstrating" that the plant can reach its official capacity of eight million gallons per...
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Just in time for record natural gas production and declining gasoline use in America...
crap ethanol destroys engines and parts....
Back in engineering thermo, they made you draw “control volumes” and specify inputs and outputs of matter, mechanical energy, heat etc, which simplifies the whole problem into an exercise in bookkeeping via conservation laws. Missing from those lectures and problem sets from long ago, indicating the backward thinking of the pre-green era, was an arrow labled “government subsidies”.
Where’s the “like” button?
the Enviro-weenies will still hate it.
those inedible parts of plants feel pain and have emotions too!
It’s long past time to cut off the corn ethanol subsidy. Remember this process started to create demand for corn back when there wasn’t enough and the gummint was paying farmers not to plant, so it’s come full circle. Now in most of the midwest there’s not much idle acreage that isn’t already in a production cycle. That means there are no empty fields just waiting to be planted with a crop of switchgrass or something, and we can obtain higher premiums for soy and corn. So the trick is to use actual plant waste matter for which there is no use today. For example, the biodiesel industry decided that it would use yellow grease (McFries effluent) that restaurants were having to pay someone to haul off, and that backfired by elevating the price to the point where they can’t make money using that feedstock. Yard waste, etc - sure, but what does it cost once you haul enough of it to a central processing plant? There’s not enough cellulosic or other non-food feedstocks to replace what is coming from corn today. But they can have all the weeds in my yard if they want to come and get ‘em...
That’s been proven countless times to be pure Algore pseudoscience BS. Don’t tell me you fell for it.
I wish that needed a sarcasm tag, but it does not.
Time to feed the plant with lots of Kudzu and take care of two problems!
Man, that’s a very hard picture to look at when you’re as broke as I am!
I’ve built my own Hydrogen Generator fixing to build another bigger one believe what you want to i see it working Watch the vids or don’t but it is viable !
Technology developed in the 1990s...
“We expect to spend the remainder of 2013 putting the plant through its paces, and demonstrating” that the plant can reach its official capacity of eight million gallons per...”
What they forgot to say is: “That after this evaluation period we found that it is possible to produce the eight million gallons of ethanol yearly at this plant, unfortunately the cost will be $55.00 per gallon requiring government subsidies until the year 2075 when Bernanke’s QE will have caused massive inflation rendering the whole situation mute. Until then, we implore the Executive Branch to order the military to buy and use all the ethanol at $55.00 a gallon.”
Learn to make your own then.
Ethanol is ethanol. How can ethanol be “advanced”?
I find it hard to believe that anyone could make moonshine as good as Dewars. You can drink mass quantities of Dewars and hardly even suffer a hangover.
It ain’t magic.