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Central Plains Herald-Leader. Shell Canada is considering establishing a cellulosic ethanol plant, based on Iogen technology, in the Portage la Prairie area in the central plains of Manitoba, Canada.

At the current time, there are a number of steps to go through to see whether the project can go ahead. Jeff Gabert, who is the communications representative for Shell based out of Calgary, said the area was considered since there is a good location for straw, which is used in the biofuel production. He added only the unusable part of the straw material would be used in the production.

...An environmental assessment stil needs to be done as part of the steps to see whether the project can go ahead.



Some of the dilute-acid hyrolysis schemes use water at 250°C or so, which is well within the capability of a pressurized-water reactor to supply. The product streams are 5-carbon sugars from hemicellulose, 6-carbon sugars from cellulose, and lignin.

Locating some mPower reactors out in grain country would give a potential source of cheap hot water during the off-peak hours. Low-pressure steam could run stills 24 hours a day. The CO2 from fermentation or other processing has a multitude of uses, not all of which go back to the atmosphere.

That's the real potential for biofuels: carbon-negative systems.


This is the only direction Shell can go if they want to stay in the liquid fuel business. Well, until the last leviathan quits buying petroleum fuel for their heavy lift vehicles. Which may be a while considering the old school attitude toward sustainable energy.

But the brilliant work of Miley, Mills, Focardi, Hagelstein et al, will put quick end to the need for oilco fossil fuel.

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