30th October 2012
The high cost of making biofuel from cellulosic sources is prompting a new strategy.
There’s that pesky Reality thing, getting in the way again….
Calysta Energy, a recently unveiled startup based in Menlo Park, California, plans to make diesel fuel that costs half as much as conventional diesel. It says it has demonstrated, at a small scale, that microorganisms that naturally feed on natural gas can be engineered to make diesel and other chemicals, and it projects that the process will be far cheaper than conventional thermochemical methods for making liquid fuels from natural gas.
I’m surprised they didn’t just go to Obama with their hands out. It worked for Solyndra. Maybe it’s just that they don’t want to just take the money and run, but actually produce a useful product. Wouldn’t that be a surprise?
The company, like many others, is attempting to capitalize on cheap natural gas made possible by fracking.
So their product is going to be the Fruit of Evil, and Right-Thinking People won’t be allowed to buy it. Pity.