The production of ethanol from cellulose may not be an easy thing.
In his State of the Union Address
on January 23, 2007, President Bush announced a proposed mandate for 35 billion US gallons of ethanol by 2017. Requiring about 20 billion US gallons per year of non corn ethanol by 2017. In March 2007, the US government awarded $385 million in grants aimed at jump-starting ethanol production from nontraditional sources like wood chips, switchgrass and citrus peels.
The American company Range Fuels
of Georgia was to build the first commercial-scale 100-million-US-gallon per-year cellulose ethanol plant. The Range Fuels plant was built in Soperton, GA, but was shut down in January 2011 without ever having produced any ethanol. It had received a $160 million in federal funds.
Eventually one of those new ways of making ethanol may turn out to be an economic success.
And with our vast land resources and agricultural knowledge the right crops the production of ethanol may become a real money maker, particularly when the worlds energy oil needs exceeds world wide production of oil as predicted by the current high price of oil.
Its not over yet, Several Research projects are still underway some with 40% government seed funding and 60% free enterprise capital funding.