Georgia picks pine over corn

As ethanol derived from corn creates more and more of a controversy (see UN Expert seeks to halt biofuel output), alternate ways of producing ethanol and biofuel from other than corn and food stocks are becoming more and more important. Groundbreaking is about to take place on a new ethanol plant down in George that is expected to be the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in the US. Range Fuels is expected to start work on Nov. 6 on the plant to be located in Soperton Georgia that is expected to produce 40 million gallons of ethonal and 9 million gallons of methanol per year.

The plant is get its raw materials from by-products from the state’s $18 billion forest industry. Pine tree tops, limbs, and other parts not usable for for the pulp and paper factories will be used.

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