Friday, June 08, 2007

Brazil Can Make Ethanol at $1 a Gallon


Brazil will be able to produce BioEthanol

at $1 a Gallon

Brazil's is likely to be one of the first countries in the world to produce economically viable cellulosic ethanol.

This is because feedstock costs alone account for 75% to 80% of the cost of ethanol produced from left over material biomass, whether it comes from sugarcane, wood chips, switchgrass or corn husks. Also Brazil already has the infrastructure to collect the leftover sugarcane mass.

Brazil and the U.S. together produce over 70% of the world's ethanol. Brazil however can do it cheaper and is the world's lowest-cost ethanol producer and the leading ethanol exporter.

If new ethanol technologies take off, Brazil could almost double its ethanol output - set to hit over 20 billion liters in the ongoing 2007-08 season - to 36 billion liters per harvest, without expanding planted area beyond its current 6 million hectares.

Only a few years ago it cost $6 a gallon to make ethanol from residual biomass in the U.S. it has fallen to about $3 per gallon in 2007, while the cost of producing enzymes has fallen 20-fold in the past four years
Brazil's Bioethanol Project could by be shipping bio-ethanol at $1 a gallon.

Good on ya Brazil, not just coffee, beef, and football!


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