It was announced today that Broin Companies will build a Cellulosic Ethanol plant here in Iowa.
The refinery will use not only corn but also the stalk, leaves and cobs
that come with the grain. Ethanol from crop waste, grass or other
sources holds the key to helping the United States reduce its reliance
on petroleum, advocates say. Farmers can only produce enough ethanol
from the corn’s grain to replace a fraction of the gasoline that the
nation uses, now 140 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
I’ve been talking about this for a long time and now we’re getting tangible movement on it. The more sources of raw material we can ferment, the more flexible the supply..and the more fragmented the transportation and logistics of this industry becomes. The logistics piece must be overcome to ensure long term success.