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Title: NREL Proves Cellulosic Ethanol Can Be Cost Competitive (Fact Sheet)

Ethanol from non-food sources - known as "cellulosic ethanol" - is a near-perfect transportation fuel: it is clean, domestic, abundant, and renewable, and it can potentially replace 30% of the petroleum consumed in the United States, but its relatively high cost has limited its market. That changed in 2012, when the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrated the technical advances needed to produce cellulosic ethanol at a minimum ethanol selling price of $2.15/gallon (in 2007 dollars). Through a multi-year research project involving private industry, NREL has proven that cellulosic ethanol can be cost competitive with other transportation fuels.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1104620
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-6A42-60663
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Innovation Impact: Bioenergy, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Biomass Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS CELLULOSIC ETHANOL; COST COMPETITIVE; BIOFUEL; BIOCHEMICAL; THERMOCHEMICAL; DILUTE-ACID PRETREATMENT; ENZYMATIC HYDROLYSIS; FERMENTATION; CO-FERMENTATION; INDIRECT GASIFICATION; SYNGAS; CATALYSIS; MIXED ALCOHOLS; ABENGOA; HUGOTON; KANSAS; POET; EMMETSBURG, IOWA; INEOS; VERO BEACH, FLORIDA; DROP-IN BIOFUELS; THERMOCHEMICAL PILOT PLANT; RECIRCULATING REGENERATING REFORMER; SYNGAS REFORMING; CATALYST