This technology has the potential not only toimprove our environment, but also to revitalizethe nation’s economic strength and energy security.Advanced biouels oer the ability to displace 30percent o oil imports over the next two decades withthe production o 90 billion gallons o American-made,renewable uels. They can also result in the creationo nearly one million new green jobs and billions o dollars in economic impact across the country.The widespread adoption o cellulosic ethanoltechnology can lead to enormous economic growthor the waste industry. In act, the advanced biouelsindustry has the potential to transorm the actual valueo waste as a commodity by turning it into a principaleedstock source. This kind o sustained growth cancreate thousands o jobs. No other renewable industrycan provide this level o domestic job growth.The undamental question is this: “Why wouldwe burn agricultural waste, or bury municipalwaste, when we can turn it into a clean burninguel?” Instead o sending our trash to a landfll orincinerator, it can become one o the primary resourcespowering America’s cars. With this new technology,we convert MSW into a product that can make aproound economic and social impact. Renewable ueltechnology is no longer something that will revitalizeonly rural America. By using a variety o biomass,including MSW, it makes clean burning uel availableoutside every one o our major cities.
Changing the Way o Thinking
The problem is that many states and municipalitiesstill classiy gasifcation o waste material asincineration. This is based on a undamentalmisunderstanding o the technology, which hasnothing to do with the dirty incinerators o thepast. Incineration involves burning solid waste inhighly oxygenated environments, and releasing largequantities o CO
and methane into the atmosphere.Gasifcation happens in the absence o oxygen—so instead o burning, the waste decomposes into asynthetic gas that we can then convert into uel,without releasing harmul emissions or byproducts.Modern synthesis gas conversion technologies are alsomore efcient than creating electrical power romwaste, taking advantage o more o the carbon inMSW during the conversion process.
Coskata encourages you to contact yourCongressman or Senator to tell them thatyou support legislation that will move forwardcommercial cellulosic biofuel facilities in America. H.R. 5142, the GREEN JOBS Act of2010, introduced by Representative AllysonSchwartz (PA) in the House of Representatives,and S. 3338, the Advanced Biofuel Investment Act of 2010, introduced by Senator Bill Nelson(FL) in the Senate, were introduced this year.These bills would allow cellulosic companiesto choose a refundable 30 percent InvestmentTax Credit (ITC) for cellulosic biofuels, spurringinvestment that will lead to facilities. Also, any future energy legislationintroduced in Congress must includemechanisms to enable advanced biofuels tocommercialize and allow the country to beginreducing our dependence on foreign oil whileproviding meaningful reductions in greenhousegas emissions and creating jobs.
• Coskata Inc.
• Advanced Biofuels Association
• Biotechnology Industry Organization
Coskata engineers starting up the eedstock fexible process at the company’s integrated bio-renery.
WasteAdvantage Magazine November 2010