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Biofuel Production Breakthrough at MSU

A biofuel production process that produces 20 times more energy than existing processes has been developed by Michigan State University. Researchers have created bioelectrochemical systems (micro-bial electrolysis cells) that use bacteria to breakdown and ferment agricultural waste into ethanol. One bacterium ferments and a second bacterium produces electricity that is used to generate hydrogen.  The combination of ethanol and hydrogen makes a terrific fuel for transportation or other energy uses.

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About this Author

Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...