As the world of professional sports strives to become more sustainable, auto racing has become a somewhat surprising leader in the field. NASCAR and Formula E can be credited with making some of the first and biggest steps forward for sustainability in the sport.
The quest for commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol has been under way for some time now. Despite the exciting potential of ethanol produced from renewable sources, real progress has been slow: KiOR’s first shipment of cellulosic gasoline was delivered in late June, and the DuPont refinery is still being built. But just last week, INEOS Bio announced that they are officially producing cellulosic ethanol at a commercial scale.
KiOR opens the world’s largest cellulosic biofuels plant with the capacity to produce up to 40,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel a day from agricultural byproducts.
This article was originally published in Scientific American, and is republished on the Sustainable America blog with the permission of the author, Dr. Michael E. Webber. “Examining our food supply through the lens of energy use reveals opportunities for smart policies, innovative technologies and new dietary choices that can potentially solve food and energy problems together. The same steps would also make our bodies, and our ecosystems, healthier.”
Some people associate biofuels with long hair and environmentalism, and that’s fine! In fact, you’ll see Mr. Willie Nelson is featured prominently on our list. But with innovations in renewable fuels made everyday, biofuel is popping up in some unexpected, exciting, and high-performance places! Here is our list of a few of the most remarkable.