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NEWS UPDATE April 21, 2014

UNL report casts doubt on use of corn-crop leftovers for ethanol

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted April 21, 2014

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team has produced a report that concludes using corn-crop leftovers such as stalks and cobs to make ethanol generates more greenhouse gases than gasoline does, while reducing the farmland soil carbons that are a key to agricultural production. A paper authored by UNL assistant professor Adam Liska, the lead researcher, was published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change, UNL said in a statement. The study’s findings, the university said, “cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal mandates to ramp up ethanol production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” [ read more … ]

Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

BY MARK SHWARTZ, Stanford News  •    •  Posted April 22, 2014

Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops, say the scientists. Their results are published in the April 9 advanced online edition of the journal Nature. “We have discovered the first metal catalyst that can produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide at room temperature and pressure – a notoriously difficult electrochemical reaction,” said Matthew Kanan, an assistant professor of chemistry at Stanford and coauthor of the Nature study. [ read more … ]

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