October 29, Auto Parts Workers Rally Across Ontario CAW members in more than auto parts workplaces took part in a series of lunchtime demonstrations outside their plants during a province-wide day of action on October The protest was the culmination of months of planning and involved 15, workers across Ontario. Parts workers called for a stop to the downward pressure on working conditions, employer demands for severe contract give-backs and demanded greater respect for work ownership, including the right to follow work in the event it is relocated to other facilities — with the collective agreement in tact.
This was remarkable, because no commercial cellulosic ethanol facilities even existed at the time. But people like Vinod Khosla were busy testifying before Congress that the only thing holding the industry back was more funding, and if they would provide the funding we could replace all of our gasoline consumption with cellulosic ethanol.
At the time, I saw a very appropriate analogy that summed up the situation: I have worked on cellulosic ethanol myself. I know first hand the challenges. Biomass has low energy density relative to fossil fuels, and thus a conversion facility must have easy logistical access.
In most cases, this means that biomass must be sourced close to the facility. This puts some limits on the size of biomass facilities, so they suffer from the lack of economies of scale.
I have harped on this logistical issue for years, and a newly released study from Purdue reiterates the points I have made: This makes the energy requirements of purifying cellulosic ethanol very high.
Of course if you listen to Bob Dinneen and the guys at the Renewable Fuels Association RFAthey say the issue is that not enough money is being thrown at the problem.
We need more money. Commercialization attempts for cellulosic ethanol date back over years.
Germany was the first to commercialize cellulosic ethanol in Commercialization came to the U. Standard Alcohol later built a second plant in Fullteron, Louisiana. Each plant was designed for 5, gallons of ethanol per day from wood waste, and both were in production for several years.
Both plants were eventually closed due to lack of economic viability. Snap Back to Reality In earlyyears after the first cellulosic ethanol plant was built in the U.
They subsequently reduced the million gallon mandate for to 6.
Actual qualifying production of cellulosic ethanol through October is zero gallons. I have maintained that future mandates would also have to be cut, and the EIA recently indicated that they agree, at least for EIA cuts cellulosic producers from list The U.
Earlier this year, the U. EPA proposed a reduction in the cellulosic biofuels portion of the renewable fuel standard RFS to between 5 and But according to an Oct.
The EIA suggests that a more likely production total for cellulosic biofuels is approximately 3. So the EIA projects that cellulosic ethanol production will be 3.
They suggest that the EPA, having cut the estimate from million to the range of 5 to But you wait, they insisted.
They were going to get that plant up on methanol, and then switch over to ethanol and all would be right in the world. But they just needed more money.Get an inside look at the global auto business with Autoline Daily.
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Delusional Mandates. It is hard to believe that just a few short years ago, Congress mandated a massive increase in usage of cellulosic ethanol. Delusional Mandates. It is hard to believe that just a few short years ago, Congress mandated a massive increase in usage of cellulosic ethanol.