Bio-refineries of the future

By Marcos de Oliveira
FAPESP – The future of ethanol production seems to be more promising than all the forecasts made so far. According to a study by researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP), in 20 years’ time it will be possible to supply the whole of the world’s automobile fleet with ethanol and electricity produced in sugarcane mills. “This can be done by using the ethanol and electricity more efficiently, with more economical vehicles,” says Sergio Pacca, a professor from the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at USP Leste, in São Paulo, who is responsible for the study, along with Professor José Roberto Moreira, from USP’s Institute of Electronics and Engineering, both authors of the paper “A biorefinery for mobility?,” published in October 2011 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Source and Photo: FAPESP, February, 2012
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