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Here's an alternative fuel development that's been under the radar.
With all the news about new model and concept cars coming out of the Detroit Auto Show in the last week, here's a story that hasn't gotten the notice it probably shouldnamely GM's partnering with Coskata of Illinois to develop "environmentally efficient" ethanol from non-food feed stocks.
The latter refers to garbage, woodchips, tires, and plant waste materialanything that contains carbon, which Coskata claims can be cheaply converted, via bacteria, into ethanol. The company adds it can produce a gallon of fuel for less than a dollar a gallon, roughly half the cost of making the same amount of gasoline (along with an 84% reduction in CO2 emissions for the process).
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