Biomass gasoline on the horizon

by Antonio Pasolini on August 25, 2008

The dream of turning everyday waste into gasoline could become a reality within two years, thanks to a process that converts biomass into high-octane gasoline. The technology was developed through a joint venture between Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Byogy Renewables Inc.

“The advanced process is possibly the only integrated system that converts biomass directly to gasoline. Most other emerging processes convert the biomass into alcohol and then blend it with gasoline. The system is relatively inexpensive and focuses on using biomass waste streams and non-food energy crops rather than food products such as corn”, said TEES in a press statement.
Conversion cost would range between $1.70 and $2.00 per gallon, excluding all government subsidies and tax credits.

Biomass includes garbage, biosolids from wastewater treatment plants, green waste such as lawn clippings, food waste, and any type of livestock manure. Additionally, since it does not use crops such as corn, it will not put a strain on food supplies (unlike some types of biofuel). The process could also utilize non-food/feed crops grown specifically for biomass energy.
(Via Triplepundit)

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