Cellulosic Biofuel from Poet Energy by 2012
Corn ethanol has become a more familiar sight to many American drivers. While it undoubtedly helps reduce reliance on traditional gasoline sources, the fact that it is made from one food crop (corn) makes it expensive to produce. Poet Energy, a key maker of corn ethanol, has been pursuing research on cellulosic biofuels. They believe that the more cost effective product could be available as early as 2012.
Cellulosic ethanol is produced from the cellulose found in plant cell walls. It is the most common organic compound on the earth. Biofuel made from plant cellulose could use feedstocks as diverse as sugar cane bagasse, wood products, and switchgrass. It’s this diversity of feedstocks that makes cellulosic biofuel a desirable goal for alternative fuel manufacturers.
Poet Energy intends to be the first and largest producer of cellulosic ethanol. Jeff Broin, Poet Energy’s CEO, believes in alternative fuel technology and the opportunities it presents. Broin is supporting his belief by presenting a series of monthly spots called Poet TV. Each episode will explain the process of getting cellulosic ethanol out of the lab and into public fuel stations.
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