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Cellulosic-ethanol industry struggles to take off

Critics say it is a failure of government policy, not science, that the U.S. is still so dependent on corn for its biofuels.

By July 25, 2011


U.S. gives $650 million loan aid for biofuels from waste

Government is supporting the development of new feedstocks for ethanol to ease dependence on corn.

By January 21, 2011


Photos: Coskata's cellulosic ethanol production

Photos: Coskata's cellulosic ethanol production

By January 31, 2008


Photos: Coskata's celluslosic ethanol conversion process

The announcement from General Motors at this year's Detroit auto show that it had invested in Coskata, a producer of cellulosic ethanol, created buzz across the automotive world. Coskata says its proprietary process, which relies on a combination of gasification and fermentation by microorganisms, is up to six times more efficient than the production of ethanol from corn. The process can handle everything from switchgrass to industrial waste to household garbage, produces fewer emissions and noxious byproducts than comparable systems, and will result in ethanol with a production cost of around one dollar per gallon.

8 Images By January 31, 2008


GM to chase auto tech with VC arm

General Motors creates a $100 million fund to foster innovative auto technologies, betting that advanced tech will perk up sales.

By June 4, 2010


Coskata CEO explains how to get to $1 a gallon ethanol

Here is Coskata's business plan in a nutshell: take garbage, make gas out of it, and feed it to microbes. Then a big company pays you to teach them how to do it.

By April 7, 2008


Coskata signs partner for 2010 ethanol plant

The race is on for cost-effective biofuels. Start-up Coskata signs on ethanol plant designer.

By February 6, 2008


Jury's still out on ethanol, biofuels

Automotive News reports on the state of the biofuel industry.

By November 18, 2009


Wood-chip ethanol maker opens plant

Coskata says its hybrid ethanol technology, using thermochemical and biological processes, can produce environmentally friendly ethanol cheaper than gasoline.

By October 15, 2009


Mississippi to open trash-to-ethanol plant

Canadian company Enerkem to use municipal solid trash and wood chips to make ethanol in a process it says is cleaner than traditional waste-to-energy technologies.

By March 20, 2009