Ethanol is by far the most commonly produced biofuel in the country. But it has some problems. For one, its only about two-thirds as efficient as gasoline.
“Secondly,” says Dr. Donal Day, “ethanol has a serious problem in that it likes to pick up water. Why is that a problem? You cannot move ethanol in a pipeline because it’ll cause corrosion.”
Day is a researcher at the LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute, where researchers are trying to find ways to produce biofuels and bioproducts from the sugars found in Louisiana plants – like sweet sorghum and energycane.