Tuesday, June 03, 2008

fuel from waste

While some politicians are still struggling to understand that biofuels derived from purpose-grown crops such as corn are a bad idea, a company in Germany, Choren Industries, has already finished building a refinery for second-generation biofuels, which will be made from agricultural waste.

Intriguing thing about this story is that it is based on technology that the GDR developed for entirely different purpose (turning coal into fuel to be independent of oil imports), but which comes in extremely handy today.

My news feature about this appears in today's issue of Current Biology (limited access).

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