Volume 86 Issue 46 | pp. 57-61
Issue Date: November 17, 2008

On The Road To Green Gasoline

Leveraging carbohydrate-to-hydrocarbon chemistry to give transportation fuel supplies a lift
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

JUST BECAUSE OIL WELLS will run dry one day does not mean the world is fated to run out of gasoline. A new biomass-based industry supported by venture capitalists, government funding, and big oil is rising to convert plant sugars (carbohydrates) into conventional liquid transportation fuels (hydrocarbons) that can be used to boost fuel supplies until a permanent renewable transportation solution can take hold—namely solar- or hydrogen-powered electric cars.

Several technology breakthroughs announced during the . . .

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