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  • A Sweeter Alternative Fuel?
    Posted by Elyse Moody 6:26 PM on Oct 22, 2008

    A California-based company is considering central Alabama to grow a bumper crop of sugar cane to fuel its venture into biofuels -- including diesel, jet fuel and gasoline, reports The Mongomery Advertiser. A final goal for Amyris Biotechnologies, the story says, is selling its product to the U.S. Air Force.

    I've heard of corn-ethanol fuel alternatives, and even algae, but sugar is a new one for me. It makes sense, molecularly speaking: Amyris' website says the company uses sugar fermentation to create hydrocarbons, the same molecular structure found in petroleum.

    The 100-acre plot in south Alabama, one of many small plantings across the state, typically would yield ingredients for molasses.

    Though sugar tends to be worth more as a food product, the story says, it could turn out to be a sweet deal. Amyris has partnered with Crystalsev, a large Brazilian ethanol distributor and marketer, to commercialize its product, the Adverstiser reports. 

    Tags: om99, fuel, sugar

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