February 2007

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HP Viewpoint: Biofuels must be compatible with current fuels

Biofuels are getting a lot of ink these days. Politicians and major media have lauded the idea of biofuels. This is understandable considering the rise in oil and gas prices over the past few years an..

Holmgren, J., UOP LLC

Biofuels are getting a lot of ink these days. Politicians and major media have lauded the idea of biofuels. This is understandable considering the rise in oil and gas prices over the past few years and continued uncertainty about oil supply. Biofuels have some attractive attributes. For example, their feedstocks are renewable and can be produced locally. They also promise to someday make use of agricultural and forest waste. Also, they are a nearer term energy solution compared to such alternatives as hydrogen fuel cells. Such technology requires a conversion that would require massive changes in car design and fuel distribution (as well as additional years of research to perfect the tec

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