University of Florida Develops Cellulosic Ethanol Green Gold for Clean Energy

by admin on September 13, 2010

Half the automotive fuel in the United States could be replaced with ethanol from renewable agricultural and forest waste, says a University of Florida researcher who has developed a biotechnology “bug” that converts biomass such as sugarcane residues, rice hulls, forestry and wood wastes and other organic materials into ethanol . Lonnie Ingram, a professor of microbiology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has genetically engineered a stratin of E.Coli that produces fuel ethanol from non-edible sugar sources at an estimated cost of $1.30 gallon. gram, who is director of the Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels at UF, cited a recent report from the US Department of Agriculture and DOE that indicates more than one billion tons of biomass can be produced on a sustainable basis each year. Converting this to fuel ethanol could replace half of all imported petroleum in the United States. Ingram said he genetically engineered the E. coli organisms by cloning the unique genes needed to direct the digestion of sugars into ethanol. With the ethanol genes, the engineered bacteria produce ethanol from biomass sugars with 90 to 95 percent efficiency. Video originally aired on Eco- Tech and is property of the Science Channel. Learn More About Clean Energy opportunities in Florida at:

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overunitydotcom September 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

Where can I buy now this bacterium ?
Please make kits and sell them to make your own ethanol fuel in your backyard.
Many thanks.
Regards, Stefan.

america4hemp September 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

Cannabis Hemp should be grown world wide to end third world suffering. It can provide Food, Shelter, Clothing, Fuel, and Medicine. #1 FOOD #1 PAPER #1 FUEL #1 FIBER #1 MEDICINE NO CHEMICALS TO GROW IT REBUILDS THE SOIL REVERSE THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT END STARVATION CURE CANCER LEARN THE TRUTH THE FACTS THE SCIENCE

LolaJudd September 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

Cellulosic ethanol is used in the American Le Mans Series.

buttonsputon September 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

EXACTLY this is why the hemp plant needs to b used for ethonol fuel instead of putting more pressure on other countries resources… lets just gladly invite a new resource into our economy

rabbitsib September 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

again problem haven’t figured a way to mass produce this product. It is only made in labs at this point

somc75 September 13, 2010 at 11:41 am

The best project I ave ever seen…this is the future

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