Energy: Don’t drink and drive – put the tequila in your fuel tank instead

01-Aug-2011 - United Kingdom

UK scientists have shown that Agave – a plant used to make tequila – is an alternative feedstock to corn or sugarcane in the production of bioethanol fuel.  David King, from the Low Carbon Mobility Centre at the University of Oxford, has studied the viability of using Agave as an alternative feedstock because it can be grown in an arid environment, away from arable land.

Bioethanol produced from corn and sugarcane is water and fertiliser intensive and requires a significant amount of land. The result is a trade-off between feedstocks for the food markets and feedstocks for bioethanol production.

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