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  • On January 31st 2006, President Bush in his State of the Union Address stated: "We'll also fund additional research for cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips and stalks or switchgrass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years."
  • Cellulose is a compound found in all plants. If it is broken down, it can be used in fermentation processes to produce ethanol.
  • Iogen Corp. built and operates the world's only demonstration scale facility to convert biomass to cellulose ethanol using enzymatic hydrolysis technology. This facility is located in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Iogen is currently assessing potential locations for the world's first commercial prototype cellulose ethanol plant.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Department, combustion of cellulosic ethanol produces less green house gases compared to both sugar-based ethanol and gasoline. Combustion of ethanol made from sugar reduces green house gas emissions by 18 percent to 29 percent compared to gasoline but cellulose ethanol reduces greenhouse gases emissions by up to 85 percent.
  • On July 7th 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new research agenda for the development of cellulosic ethanol as an alternative to gasoline. The 200-page scientific "roadmap" cites recent advances in biotechnology that have made cost-effective production of ethanol from cellulose an attainable goal. The report outlines a detailed research plan for developing new technologies to transform cellulosic ethanol -- a renewable, cleaner-burning and carbon-neutral alternative to gasoline -- into an economically viable transportation fuel. The full report and other facts can be found here.