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What's Holding Up Cellulosic Biofuel?

What's Holding Up Cellulosic Biofuel?
It's not a lack of technology, feedstock or even markets, says Cole Gustafson, NDSU biofuels economist. The problem is a lack of commercial financing.

UOP and Ensyn – two Canadian companies – are ready to start producing cellulosic biofuels commercially, says Cole Gustafson, NDSU biofueld consultant.

They have a market for the fuel. They've got the feedstock lined up. They even have a 100% guarantee from Honeywell that the fuel production technology will work commercially.

But they cannot obtain capital that would allow them to expand.

UOP and Ensyn are producing pyrolysis oil.

"They have found a niche that deserves lender consideration," Gustafson says.

Read more about pryolysis oil in Gustafson's biofuel column at www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/biofuels-economics/new-energy-economics-challenges-of-commercializing-cellulosic-biofuels/view.

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