Friday, May 2, 2008

Food crops not good for Biofuels

Lawrence Journal World & News has a quick rant on the use of soybeans & corn to produce biofuels. They quote Glen Kertz, President and COO of Valcent Products:

"...algae can produce 100,000 gallons of oil per acre compared to 30 gallons of oil from corn and 50 gallons per acre from soybeans. "

I guess that's about 2000 times the yield. As to the overall point of the article: yes, it leaves alot left for Valcent to validate. Specifically, for me, I want to see what their plan is to create a true production plant. The one in El Paso is positioned as a test. Valcent should tell us about their plans to achieve real production ramp ups.

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