U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

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    U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

    U.S. Department of Energy to Invest up to $33.8 Million to Further Development of Commercially Viable Renewable Fuels

    ORLANDO, FL – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Andy Karsner today announced that DOE will invest up to $33.8, over four years, (Fiscal Years 2008-2011) for four projects that will focus on developing improved enzyme systems to convert cellulosic material into sugars suitable for production of biofuels.
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    Combined with industry cost share, up to $70 million will be invested in these projects, with a minimum 50 percent cost share from industry.
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    These four projects seek to more cost-effectively and efficiently breakdown processed biomass into fermentable sugars, a significant challenge in converting biomass into fuels. Projects were selected based on their demonstrated ability to reduce the cost of enzymes-per-gallon of ethanol by improving an enzyme’s performance. Selected projects must demonstrate the ability to produce enzymes at a commercial-scale, and have a sound business strategy to market the enzymes or enzyme production systems in biorefinery operations.

    Today’s announcement is also part of over $1 billion DOE has announced within the last year for multi-year biofuels research and development (R&D) projects

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    Re: U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

    Do keep in mind that a lot of ethanol will have to be produced to even be a viable alternative for gasoline.

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    Re: U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

    Quote Originally Posted by Xenon View Post
    Do keep in mind that a lot of ethanol will have to be produced to even be a viable alternative for gasoline.
    Right, but you can't get all of the Diamond/Gold/Platinum/etc. out of a mine without cutting an opening first. It all has to start small and expand...

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    Re: U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

    Quote Originally Posted by Xenon View Post
    Do keep in mind that a lot of ethanol will have to be produced to even be a viable alternative for gasoline.

    It is going to take 5-10 years before ethanol can be produced in quantities significant enough to displace even a modicum of gasoline. Unfortunately, there is no way around that, but we must be patient and support the various methods being researched whether they be electric, biodiesel, ethanol, or other.

    As in the early 1900's we don't know which technology is going to win out, and be the most efficient method to power the automobile. It is too early to tell at this point, and who knows, something else may be discovered/invented in the next few years that makes today's choices irrelevant.

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    Re: U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

    Quote Originally Posted by Xenon View Post
    Do keep in mind that a lot of ethanol will have to be produced to even be a viable alternative for gasoline.
    A lot of ethanol already IS being produced. And even if we don't make enough ethanol to "totally" displace gasoline, every barrel (kegger?) of ethanol, is one less barrel (give or take) of that pricey oil stuff. With ethanol production increasing, and with more production, and better production methods coming on line, it isn't too much to believe that prices will come down. is there anybody here thinking that gasoline prices will be doing that? It could happen, but I wouldn't plan on it.
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    Re: U.S. DOE: $33.8 million for 4 new cellulosic ethanol research projects

    Got my new work van today E85 capabile, and I filled it up that way, 2.79 vs 3.19. drove by tonight and the E85 was up to 2.85. regular was unchanged, could the price be going up because usage is up. But keep up the development and keep it comming, it felt good to give the finger to the ragheads today.

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