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Old 06-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr View Post
That's why I'm favorable to cellulosic ethanol since it can be made out of almost any agricultural residue, and the usage of meat-processing leftovers to produce biodiesel and biomethane too. Well, there are many other ways to overcome the competition with food supplies.
The problem with cellulosic ethanol is no one has really figured it out yet and when they do its still not going to be cheap.
I say they should have gone with cellulosic methanol. The feed stock can be wood chips, the byproduct is charcoal that can be used as fertlizer or burned at certian power plants. Its been technically possible, commercially and economically viable most of the time since world war II.
Only time it isn't economical is when natural gas is really cheap like it is now.
Any diesel engine could be fitted with a methanol intake fumigator, so the diesels wouldn't have the corssion problems the current gassers would have.

Last time I had good number on it (2 or 3 years ago), bulk methanol could be had for about $1/gal.
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