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  • [ April 25, 2013 ]
    Ames, IA

  • Presentation: Cellulosic Ethanol– Are We Finished with Forty Years of Being Five Years Away from Commercialization?

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Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Policy Seminars

April 25, 2013

Ames, IA

The Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Policy platform is holding a series of energy policy seminars in 2012-2013. The sessions are free and do not require registration. Videos of past seminars are available on-line.

 

Kathy Halvorsen, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Date:  April 25, 2013

Time:  3:40 to 5:00 p.m.

Location:
0013 Curtiss Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

 

As we search for solutions to climate change and domestic energy insecurity, cellulosic ethanol has emerged (yet again) as a valuable approach to both problems. It can be created from a wide range of plant-based feedstocks that are themselves available in massive quantities. Because of this feedstock flexibility, most U.S. regions have the potential to procure sufficient feedstock quantities to supply multiple commercial plants. Much of this feedstock is not being used for food or other purposes, thus avoiding competition with other markets and needs.

State and federal governments have invested many millions of dollars in cellulosic ethanol research, development, and loan guarantees. In addition, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) included a progressively expanding, mandatory market for cellulosic ethanol that maxes out at 16 billion gallons consumed per year in 2022. However, no commercial-scale U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant is operational despite this favorable policy climate and massive investment. This presentation focuses on the policy dimensions of this history, the challenges behind commercialization, and a projection for the future of this biofuel form.

The seminar is free and no registration is required.

 

Next EPSCoR Seminar:  May 1, 2013; 12:00 to 1:20 p.m.
Ross Baldick, University of Texas, Austin, TX
0013 Curtiss Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011


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