Saturday, October 13, 2007

Ethanol Producer Magazine

Helge: The idea of building a global Task Force or Rapid Action Force is in line with experiences all over the world. We're heading towards an new bio-based industrial era and it's going to take all the communication skills and collaboration abilities to find the right working models. I guess, we have created an exceptional organizational model, but there is still plenty of work ahead waiting for intelligent solutions.

Ethanol Producer Magazine: "Conversation and Collaboration The ethanol industry is poised to take a giant leap, as techniques to commercialize cellulosic production methods move closer to becoming a reality.

Conversation and Collaboration.
We've the same strategy.
We need to talk.

But the old saying, “Look before you leap,” was one of the messages that came out of two recent conferences focused specifically on the developing cellulosic ethanol industry.

Challenges, such as securing project financing, manufacturing cheaper enzymes, producing more flexible-fuel vehicles, and developing the blending and pumping infrastructure for renewable fuels, still loom large, leaving plenty of opportunities for more dialogue and collaboration.

By Holly Jessen With big risks comes the possibility of big rewards. It’s a commonly understood truth that many hope rings true for the emerging cellulosic ethanol industry.

Because the industry is still in its infancy, some of the risks are more apparent than the rewards at this stage.

Industry leaders, while being caught up in the excitement surrounding the industry, are stressing the importance of balancing that excitement with discussion concerning the obstacles that could impede progress toward production on a commercial scale, and coming up with solutions to overcome those obstacles.

Recognizing that, a variety of people gathered at two separate U.S. cellulosic ethanol conferences held in the fall of 2006.

Nearly 300 people the ‘Cellulosic Ethanol Summit: Integrating Communities in the Value Chain to Build a New Industry’ on Nov. 13-15 in Washington, D.C., while another conference, ‘Commercial and Financial Viability and Prospects for Growth’ held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Chicago, Ill., drew more than 200 people.

President George W. Bush’s goal to make cellulosic ethanol viable in six years is ambitious. Yet, it’s something the U.S. DOE’s Larry Russo believes can happen.

“When we see the charts of where we are, and where we were, it’s doable but not without some hard work,” he says. "
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