Non-Food ‘Cellulosic’ Ethanol Could Be Price Competitive With Gasoline By 2016.

Cellulosic ethanol production.According to research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), ethanol produced from non-food materials (inedible parts of plants, woods, and grasses) will be price competitive with corn-based ethanol and gasoline by 2016. It’s a second generation biofuel called cellulosic ethanol and for years, figuring out how to cost effectively produce ethanol from non-edible plants has been a challenge. From BNEF:

“The survey collected data and predictions on the production costs of 11 leading players in the cellulosic ethanol industry. All use a technique, commonly called enzymatic hydrolysis, to break down and convert the complex sugars in non-food crop matter, and a fermentation stage to turn the results into ethanol. The results showed that in 2012, the cost of cellulosic ethanol production was $0.94 per litre, around 40% higher than the $0.67 per litre cost of producing ethanol from corn, which dominates the US biofuel market and is competitive with US gasoline. By 2016, respondents thought the price of cellulosic ethanol would match that of corn-based ethanol.”

Why is the move to cellulosic biofuels so important? From BusinessGreen:

“Cellulosic biofuels are widely regarded as critical to the development of the biofuels industry, as they allow developers to produce fuels from waste material or fast-growing grasses removing the need for energy crops that have been blamed for eating into agricultural land and driving up food prices.”

Another benefit of cellulosic ethanol is that its production can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 85% over reformulated gasoline according to a study conducted by Michael Wang of the Argonne National Laboratory. Starch-based ethanol made from corn reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 18-29% over reformulated gasoline. [BusinessGreen and BNEF]


$5 Per Gallon Gas Is A Reality In California.

$5 per gallon gasoline hits California.Nowhere in the Bloomberg article, “California Facing $5 Gasoline Stirs Brown to Relax Rules,” did it mention the idea of Californians driving less to help people offset the cost of $5/gallon gasoline. Governor Jerry Brown is relaxing air quality rules so refineries can produce more cheap fuel and getting gas from out-of-state suppliers is great for maintaining consumption but what leaders in CA really need to do is encourage their citizens to consume less or take mass transit. Whether you drive a hybrid or monster truck, drive less or $6/gallon will be the next benchmark. If they don’t drive less, they’ll be telling their kids stories about the good ol’ days when gas cost $5/gallon… 2 months prior. [Bloomberg]


China VS US: CO2 Emissions From Fossil Fuels Is The Most Depressing Infographic We’ll Post Today

US vs China: CO2 Emissions from fossil fuel consumptionThis graphic doesn’t require much of an explanation. Unfortunately, it’s what you’d expect when you add half a billion monied consumers. [Sightline. Graphic by Good Measures]


DRAM Innovation’s Fuel Nozzle Drip Retainer Is A Simple Solution To Reduce Gas Pump Drippings

DRAM Innovations Fuel Nozzle Drip RetainerIt may look like the mesh screen on our sinks at home, but there’s more to DRAM Innovation’s Drip Retainer. It’s designed to create a vacuum in the gas pump nozzle and reduce the drips of wasted fuel. The Drip Retainer is expected to reduce fuel nozzle drippings by 89% which would put a big dent in the estimated 132 million gallons of dripped fuel wasted each year.

The video below starts with the green benefits and then shows how the Drip Retainer works at the 1:48 mark. [Gizmag via Gizmodo]


Might As Well Start Driving NOW As If Gas Costs $5+ Per Gallon

Metered driving.The NY Times Green blog posted an article, What Next for Gas Prices?, in which fuel prices were tracked and shown to have risen $.13 in one week and $.30 over one month. From Feb 1 – Mar 1 2012 in Seattle, gas prices have risen by almost $.50 and is now selling for over $4.00 per gallon. The price of gas has become a huge political issue that could determine the results of the 2012 US Presidential election.

What’s Jubbling’s take? We think you should ignore the politics and drive as if gas already costs $5/gallon. Heck, make it $10/gallon. It’s a very simple mindset change but one that most people wouldn’t consider. Do you really need to make that quick trip to the grocery store to buy beer when you already have a fifth of vodka? Improvise and find ways to avoid the impulse drives because in your mind, it cost you $100+ to fill your tank. It’s a mental cushion that is similar to setting your watch ahead by 15 minutes so you always feel late.

Carpooling, grouping your needed trips into one or driving a hybrid are all great. But finding ways to drive less is the key because the imagined $5+ per gallon of gas in your tank is not a sunk cost. It’s a meter that is running and dropping the value of the gasoline in your tank every time you drive your car.


Congressman Allen West Of Florida Is Not Happy That It Costs $70 To Fill-Up His H3 Hummer

Congressman Allen West is not happy it costs $70 to fill-up his H3 Hummer.I’m surprised it only cost Congressman Allen West $70 to fill his Hummer’s tank – sounds like he’s getting the Hugo Chavez price for his gasoline. There are so many ways to go with this but I think the beauty [and stupidity] of his post on Facebook should speak for itself. [BuzzFeed]