A few days ago the auditor in Minnesota suggested that the state’s use of subsidies to the ethanol industry may have outlived its purpose, since ethanol firms have been profitable. Also it is likely to cost $44m over the next three years. There are of course lots of votes in Minnesota’s ethanol plants, so it […]
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Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]
Those of you who have been following the biofuel positions of the two candidates McCain and Obama in the forthcoming US presidential elections may have wondered why the two men have taken the positions that they have. Ron Way examines the strange politics king makers in corn ethanol country in MinnPost.com. I guess it comes […]
Workers in the mid west have developed a catalytic route to biodiesel with few or no by products… The downside is that you need to be able to heat the catalyst to 300C at a pressure of around 2500 psi, so its not likely to be a process for home brewers,and you need a sulphonated […]
Ethanol puts enough pressure on Minnesota’s water reserves for the state to ask the Environmental Quality Board to look at the demands that planned ethanol plants could put on water in the state, according to the Associated Press. Hattip to the Worthington Daily Globe
Ethanol plants are a bad idea and politicians are at leas venal, according to Residual Forces, which is pretty strident on its dislike of ethanol plants and the demands that they place on water in Minnesota.
Tom Philpott has written a good Report over on Grist, connecting the recent study on biofuels published by the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry with a new one from the University of Minnesota. The killer quote from the University of Minnesota is, [I]f one replaced a total of 5 percent of gasoline energy with ethanol […]