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Green Gasoline: A Renewable Petroleum Alternative From Plants

illustration of gas pump, a plant and words Green Gasoline

First-generation biofuels have been hampered by a range of factors, from incompatibility and lower energy yields to concerns about their potential impacts on food prices. A new, second-generation biofuel known as cellulosic gasoline, or "green gasoline," is positioned to bridge those gaps and eventually provide gasoline, diesel and jet fuel identical to petroleum counterparts. Derived from non-food plants and agricultural waste, green gasoline has the same performance and functionality as petroleum-derived fuels yet it fits into existing infrastructure.

On Sept. 23, 2008, three leading experts from academia and industry hosted a panel discussion at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to highlight how far researchers have come, and how far they still need to go, to bring plant-derived gasoline to market. Samples of energy-dense plants, such as switchgrass and poplar, from the U.S. National Arboretum's Power Plants--Farming Energy garden exhibit was also on display.

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Illustration showing the three green gasoline processes.   This graphic shows the various stages of three of the green gasoline processes currently under study. A more detailed explanation of the processes is available in the Fact Sheet "What Is Green Gasoline?". Credit: Zina Deretsky, NSF
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Photo of green gasoline on top of water.

The latest pathways to produce green gasoline, green diesel and green jet fuel are found in a report sponsored by NSF, the Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society entitled "Breaking the Chemical and Engineering Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels: Next Generation Hydrocarbon Biorefineries" released April 1, 2008. In the report, a host of leaders from academia, industry and government present a plan for making green gasoline a practical solution for the impending fuel crisis.

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