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Brazil Doubles Down on Biofuel - IEEE Spectrum

Brazil Doubles Down on Biofuel - IEEE Spectrum

Illustration: L-Dopa Click on the image for a larger view. Later this year, northeastern Brazil will host one of the most ambitious biofuel experiments ever. There, in the small town of São Miguel dos ­Campos , surrounded by sprawling sugarcane fields, a commercial-­scale ethanol plant is expected to start operating in December. Unlike the nearby ethanol plants, which use sugarcane as feedstock, this new facility will consume the leftovers of those plants—bagasse and straw—to produce a holy grail of biofuel: ­cellulosic ethanol . Ethanol produced from corn has gotten a bad reputation in recent years. Turning food crops into fuel might help drivers fill up their tanks, but it also raises food prices. What’s more, studies have shown that production of corn-based ethanol actually increases carbon emissions rather than reducing them. Because cellulosic ethanol is made from agr...

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