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Thread: Australian Cellulosic Ethanol?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Re: Australian Cellulosic Ethanol?

    How unexpected! Hongwei was one of my university lecturers last year! In theory, any cellulose material could be used to produce ethanol. The trick is in being able to produce the right enzymes to work in the environment the cellulose is found in. I've even heard suggestions of it being produced from recycled paper.

    There was a recent article in Scientific American magazine, entitled "Can ethanol replace gasoline?" (Scientific American, January 2007, p28) which was quite interesting.

    Have you done much investigation into the local industry Tony? I might have to pick your brain at the next WARFA meeting if I'm able to get there.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Brisbane, Australia

    Re: Australian Cellulosic Ethanol?

    There is cellulosic ethanol is being researched at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. The QUT Centre is called the "Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuel Development". I think it is just starting up. There were a few jobs advertised there very recently.


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