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New Ethanol Production Process Claims to Increase Recoverable Energy by 2000%

OilPrice.com -- With all the focus on electric vehicles it can be easy to forget the billions that the government pours into biofuels, and especially corn based ethanol production. Most people prefer the idea of EV’s than using ethanol blended gasoline to fuel their cars, but a new method for ethanol production could increase its popularity.

Researchers at the Michigan State University claim that they can increase the amount of energy recovered during ethanol production by 2000 percent.

The waste products from the procedure are then used to generate hydrogen which helps to further increase the energy produced, up to 73%; a bit of an improvement from the current 4.5%, and one that could revolutionise the whole industry.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 5:07:14 AM

2000% of hardly anything is a good increase.... 2000% of a decent process is usually difficult to achieve. What does that say about the efficiency of the process in the first place?
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Praxtwin
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 1:35:26 PM

need to build cars at greater mpg
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rbrowdersr
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 12:00:02 PM

Empty claims.
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MadTraveler
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:35:46 AM

I am not buying into the "claim" - stop the ethanol project. Let's eat!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:15:00 AM

OK
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WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:04:33 AM

Get rid of ethanol! Restore lost gas mileage and stop damaging fuel systems.
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NukeAtComEd
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:38:38 AM

and what are we going to do with the hydrogen produced by this process?
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crep1291
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:20:36 AM

"Ban ethanol entirely!"

Why? Ethanol is a very useful chemical. It's a very safe and versatile solvent, makes intoxicating drinks most people enjoy, and, yes, it can be used as fuel, although the way we're burning ethanol these days (in E10) is not very efficient. Your engine would have problems running without ethanol.

Although ethanol has 2/3 the energy contents of gasoline, it has a much higher octane rating. With the proper technology (a variable turbocharger which increases the compression ratio when burning higher grades of fuel yielding higher fuel efficiency), E85 yields the same fuel efficiency as E0 or any other blend. So instead of pushing for a ban on ethanol, perhaps we should push for better technology in our vehicles.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 7:51:20 AM

noted
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 7:43:21 AM

Ban ethanol entirely!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 7:23:04 AM

Ok but seeing is believing
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 7:21:50 AM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 7:19:57 AM

Sounds good.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:36:25 AM

Any time someone finds a way to improve a process for making fuel, it is a good thing...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:36:09 AM

Don't believe the hype!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:32:10 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:24:38 AM

More is going to decrease it's popularity stupid author
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:22:41 AM

Give it up on Ethanol already.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:19:48 AM

I'll believe this when I see it. Part of the rise in gas prices is now being driven by higher corn prices (caused by the drought). So let's just keep pushing food into our gas tanks.
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More GOP BS
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:17:33 AM

Well it needs it, i wish the crap would go away.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:12:25 AM

Keep your tanks and gas-cans full! For the next 4 or 5 weeks, most of the country may be facing higher prices and shortages of gasoline. May get fugly. Be smart!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:12:22 AM

Don't believe it.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:11:54 AM

of course the ethanol industry will blow smoke up your, ummm, nose now that there isn't enough corn for food now......
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:10:31 AM

and most people STILL DON'T want it - give us a choice and see what sells!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:10:23 AM

Great if it works.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:10:22 AM

still not convinced
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:10:07 AM

Stop ethanol made with food/feed.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:09:12 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:08:39 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:07:13 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:06:57 AM

K
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:05:58 AM

Fine, whatever....

[Edited by: cherican at 8/14/2012 7:06:29 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:05:30 AM

stop with the ethanol already
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:04:41 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:04:18 AM

They're trying to grow more corn but there's a drought in the midwest.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:02:49 AM

Too good to be true. Eliminate ethanol and lower food prices.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:02:01 AM

No ethanol, use corn for food.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:01:52 AM

No way
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:00:45 AM

2000% ?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:00:43 AM

Eat corn
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:00:27 AM

grow more corn
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:00:21 AM

Keep your tanks and gas-cans full! For the next 4 or 5 weeks, most of the country may be facing higher prices and shortages of gasoline. May get fugly. Be smart!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:00:01 AM

Good luck
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:59:45 AM

we need to end the ethanol debate.. get it out of gas.. not good for engines, less efficient than gas, increases cost, decreases food supply... where are the pro's?? Oh yeah.. it burns slightly cleaner than gas... OH then lets keep it!!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:59:40 AM

Ok
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BS!!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:58:32 AM

This really doesnt matter, ethanol is not good for your car and corn is for eating.
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Starve people to drive a car, what is wrong with this picture.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:57:57 AM

Corn for food.
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