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New Enzyme Could Make Cellulosic Ethanol Competitive With Fossil Fuels

Efforts to create a market for cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. veered into the realm of the absurd last month when companies faced fines of $6.8 million for failing to meet a 2011 federal quota to blend 6.6 million gallons of the renewable fuel into oil and diesel supplies.

The problem? Though that’s but a drop in the gas tank compared to the some 180 billion gallons of petroleum fuel consumed annually in the U.S., there was virtually no cellulosic ethanol to be had due to technological and commercial challenges, not the least being the high cost of producing the fuel made from non-food crops and agricultural, wood and municipal waste.

That may be about to change.

via New Enzyme Could Make Cellulosic Ethanol Competitive With Fossil Fuels – Forbes.

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