Running your Car on Corn Cobs may become reality: Danish Firms closer to Cellulosic Ethanol
Enter cellulosic ethanol, or ethanol created by breaking down agricultural waste--like corn cobs. Danisco says its Genencor division has developed the enzymes to create cellulosic ethanol in a product called Accelerase Duet, and rival company Novozyme is right behind. Meanwhile, the American firm Poet is building a 25-million-gallons-per-year plant to make cellulosic ethanol using corn cobs as raw material.
Cellulosic ethanol at the pump is still one to two years away, but the future is bright. President Obama called this week for a tripling of U.S. ethanol production from 12 billion gallons per year to 36 billion by 2022.
College fraternities have not (yet) protested the potential effect on the world's grain alcohol supply.