"Growing Your Fuel"

In Golden, Colorado, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are at the forefront of developing technology to turn ordinary low-value plant materials such as corn stalks, sawdust, or waste paper into fuel ethanol. Not quite lead into gold, but maybe more valuable for the U.S. economy, for cutting air pollution, and for reducing dependence on foreign oil. An invaluable tool for these researchers and their industrial partners is the DOE Bioethanol Pilot Plant. The plant has all the components that a commercial plant would have, fully integrated to process up to one ton per day of plant material---"biomass." The DOE/NREL exhibit provides a scale model of the Pilot Plant.

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