Renewable fuels are a cost effective, sustainable alternative to conventional gasoline, and can be used in today’s cars and trucks without any change to the existing fuel distribution infrastructure. Indeed, more than 95% of US gasoline is now blended with up to 10 percent ethanol, while in Brazil, minimum ethanol blends exceed 20 percent.
The United States is the world’s largest producer of fuel ethanol at approximately 14 billion annual gallons. Brazil is the world’s second largest producer at about 5.6 billion gallons of production, followed by the European Union at about 1.2 billion gallons. Canada produces approximately 460 million gallons annually, or about 1.7 billion litres. Conventional ethanol (both grain and sugar cane derived) is becoming a globally traded commodity with many countries not only producing ethanol for their own domestic use, but also for the export market.
For the foreseeable future, Iogen technology will make use of agriculture residues such as wheat straw, corn stover, and sugar cane bagasse to produce cellulosic ethanol. Using agriculture residue has many advantages:
- It creates local on-farm jobs in rural communities around the globe
- It generates a new source of income for farmers creating wealth that leads to “spin-off” employment in other sectors of the economy
- Because the fuel can be made domestically, it increase energy independence and security
- By annually recycling carbon, it greatly reduces global greenhouse gas emissions – by as much as 90% compared to conventional gasoline
Further, because agriculture crops are harvested around the world, the benefits of the sustainable use of agriculture residue to make a renewable transportation fuel can be enjoyed by all people across the globe.