NREL says it developed simple way to assess cellulosic content in ethanol

Source: By OPIS • Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on Wednesday said its researchers have come up with a simple and more accurate way for ethanol companies co-producing cellulosic biofuel at conventional corn-based plants to measure the amount of cellulose in their corn grain. NREL said the procedure could help biorefineries expand production of cellulosic ethanol, which can be made from a variety of crops, and has a carbon footprint 73% below that of conventional gasoline. Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), an ethanol industry trade group, on Thursday welcomed NREL’s efforts, adding that a “tremendous amount of public and private research has been conducted in recent years to advance and improve methods for measuring the conversion of corn kernel fiber into ethanol.” … Cooper added that “it’s time for the regulatory process to catch up to the science,” and called on EPA to approve the dozens of corn-kernel-fiber ethanol pathway registration requests that have been log-jammed” since then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt put them on hold