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DOE does YouTube

There’s a great video done from the DOE that talks about homegrown biofuels, albeit mostly advanced biofuels, though corn ethanol plants are shown, I suspect as evidence that this is real at commercial scale.
By Susanne Retka Schill | August 13, 2012

There’s a great video done from the DOE that talks about homegrown biofuels, albeit mostly advanced biofuels, though corn ethanol plants are shown, I suspect as evidence that this is real at commercial scale. 

As a person who writes about biofuel developments and only on rare occasions gets into a research facility or demo plant, it’s one video I can watch many times and pause often. There are glimpses of multiple feedstocks being harvested, conversion technologies and laboratories – clips of things I’ve written about many times.

“Yep, that’s cornstover, switchgrass,” I told myself on the first viewing, “but hey, wait a minute, you mean they can cut poplar trees as fast as combining corn?” We don’t write about algae much in Ethanol Producer Magazine, but it was a hot topic when I wrote for Biodiesel Magazine. It’s fascinating to see those images of the various algae systems under development.

The video is a basic primer on the range of feedstock and broad conversion technologies, suitable for the nontechie. Techie geeks (like most of us in the ethanol industry) will be disappointed that there aren’t any great stats given showing the great promise of biofuels, nor is there an explanation of the range of fuels that can be made – but there’s power in those images.

This might be one clip to share with many others. Got a Facebook page or do you Tweet? Share the clip through those media. Got a newsletter that you post online? Include a hyperlink to the video. Don’t know how? Find your coworkers with teenagers and ask for some help.