30 Mai 2013

Japan develops cost-competitive way to make ethanol from farm waste

Kawasaki Heavy Industries' new technology to produce ethanol from rice straw for 40 U.S. cents per liter

Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd said on Thursday it has developed technology to produce fuel for cars from farm waste at a cost that is competitive with imported ethanol made from food products, such as sugar cane.

Replacing fossil fuels with bio ethanol to make fuel for autos can help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), which contributes to global warming, but the cost of production and competition with food supplies tempers its appeal.

… Full text: www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/30/us-japan-kawasaki-ethanol-idUSBRE94T0FO20130530

Tags: five-year study, oil companies, biomass, non-food products, greenhouse gas emitters, commercial production

Source: Reuters, 2013-05-30.

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