27 Nov '14, 12pm

Can Biofuels Make a Comeback?

Len Rand, CEO of xF Technologies, says his company has come up with a material that can dramatically reduce the particulate matter in diesel emissions. It also fights corrosion. And it can be used as a food additive. “It can smell like almonds…anise,” he said. The magic material is furoate ester, a multipurpose industrial chemical that the Albuquerque-based company says it can make from corn stover or some other relatively low cost biomass through an innovative two-step process. The chemical can be added to diesel or gas—a 5% blend with diesel will cut particulate matter in half—as well as biodiesel. The FDA has declared it safe to eat. It is also hydrophobic and works across a wide range of temperatures. And at scale, it will be economical, he says: volume production costs will be under $2 per gallon, a figure that includes an estimate for the cost of the waste biomass. B...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/11...

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