Rumination: A New Advanced Fuels Category for the EISA Renewable Fuels Standard : Synthetic Fuels
As we know, the progress of technological achievement is difficult to prognosticate. Back in 2007 cellulosic ethanols looked closer than perhaps they are now so the RFS goals for this category are not being met. On the other side of the coin, other advanced biofuels have taken off and are exceeding targeted expectations. To this dynamic I now add a new category: Synthetic Fuels. Synthetic fuels are low, or even negative, carbon fuels of any type that are produced without using biomass. These fuels are synthesized, or bio-engineered, from chemicals obtained from the environment or as by products from other industrial processes. By adding this category to the list of advanced fuels, we would both be stimulating their production as well as promoting the clean energy and energy independence goals of RFS policy. This is the leading edge of sustainable fuel development and we should update the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reflect the march of technological progress.
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