Gallery: Cargill, Shell and Honda Team Up to Make Gasoline from Pine Co...


Cargill, Shell and Honda — giants in the worlds of agriculture, petroleum and automotive manufacturing — have teamed up to fund a company called Virent that has developed an inexpensive process to turn woody plant waste into gasoline. The process can start with anything from corn stalks to pine waste — think pine cones and needles — and turn it into what they call Bioformate, a type of oil that can be used in current vehicle gas tanks. It is a non-food crop option for turning plants into biofuel, and will be a major cornerstone for three powerhouse companies.

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  1. lazyreader June 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Regardless of what source they claim to make biofuels out of (and there have been a lot). Corn, corn stover, switch grass, jatropa, tallow. And we were quick enough to throw tax money at it. I’m glad Cargill, Shell, and Honda are spending their own money on this project. Making ethanol uses more energy than the energy content of the fuel used for consumption.

    Hopefully true next generation fuels will provide cleaner gas if they work.

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