July 5, 2005

A BioConversion Technology that is Ready for PrimeTime

Imagine the following:
• the feedstock for fermenting ethanol is not just corn kernels but also corn husks, stalks, cobs, and/or even damaged harvests;
• the feedstock includes any agricultural crop or waste, forestry waste, urban waste (MSW), or even fossil fuel;
• waste conversion to ethanol results in a reduction of national landfill requirements by 85%;
• the fermenting process takes less than 1% (7 minutes) of the amount of time that sugar fermentation takes (36-48 hrs.);
• the conversion process co-generates excess green power with no toxic emissions.

A proven bioenergy process exists that uses bacteria to effect the conversion biomass to ethanol (see http://www.brienergy.com). With this process, bioconversion technologies promise to reduce waste, co-generate electricity, and reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuels.

The fact that an infrastructure for its distribution already exists in many states and that the major auto manufacturers already produce flex-fuel cars internationally (i.e., Brazil) means that ethanol is a viable renewable liquid alternative to gasoline.

I would be interested in any comments readers have concerning the significance of this breakthrough and where they see it doing the most good.

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