The new method for processing agricultural waste and any available biomass into biofuels that could enable roving, mobile processing plants (Image: Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering)
Biofuels are seen as a more environmentally friendly fuel source than petroleum-based fuels, but transporting the bulky biomass used to produce them is expensive because of their volume. It’s much more economical to transport the liquid fuel after it has been processed but this isn’t possible if the processing facilities are located far from the source of the biomass. A new method to process agricultural waste and other biomass could enable the creation of mobile processing plants that would rove the Midwest to produce fuels where the biomass is sourced.
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