Countries Are Experimenting with Cellulosic Ethanol Development

In the near future, the gasoline flowing in your car’s tank will not only be the barrel of increasingly expensive “black gold” dredged from the deep sea or underground. Leftover wood chips from lumber mills, farmers’ discarded straws, and rice hulls will all be turned into fuel that will make your car run faster. Cellulosic ethanol is seen as one of the most promising feedstocks for gasoline blends. Various countries are just starting in this technology now, and once someone is one step or even half a step ahead, it means huge commercial benefits. Unlike wheat-based ethanol, the new technology uses cellulose-containing straw and wood chips to produce ethanol. This replaces some of the gasoline, makes it clean and environmentally friendly, and reduces the cost of raw materials. At present, the internationally popular technologies for manufacturing ethanol from starchy products are divided into three categories: one is the use of food crops such as corn or wheat. The second is the use of non-staple grains such as sweet potato, cassava, sweet sorghum, etc. The third category is the production of waste organisms contained in crop straw, forestry processing waste, sugarcane bagasse and municipal waste, collectively known as cellulose. Of the […]