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The Second Generation of Renewable Fuels - The Reader (Omaha, Neb.)

Article by Steve Brewer - August 13, 2012 The renewable fuels industry changes constantly. Because the field is affected by politics, commodity prices, and high-tech research, it’s difficult to make long-term predictions about ethanol and other “renewable fuels,” but Omaha seem likely to be at the center of those developments. Ethanol is a chemical produced by the fermentation of sugars found in grains and other biomass. According to local producer Green Plains, ethanol can be created from grains that include corn, wheat and sorghum, as well as from waste products from agriculture, forestry and paper making. Currently, most ethanol is produced from corn because it contains large quantities of carbohydrates and is produced in such vast quantities. Corn-based ethanol is controversial, because it takes corn out of the food system and a perception that it can contribute to food price increases. However, many companies are now attempting to create “second-generation” renewable fuels from other materials. Read More