CARB Internship Focuses on Cellulosic Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF), Pacific Ethanol, and Aemetis co-sponsored a new internship this year at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for a college student to learn more about low-carbon cellulosic biofuels and their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The RFF is the research and educational arm of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Diamond Coleman, a senior biology major at Occidental College in Los Angeles, was chosen for the internship this summer and focused her work primarily on cellulosic ethanol made from corn kernel fiber. “Previously, I have been consumed in laboratory research studies and this gave me a chance to get out of that box and expand my horizons,” Coleman said. “I was a sponge and absorbed as much information as I could about cellulosic ethanol production and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.”

While at CARB, Coleman conducted and extensive literature review regarding cellulosic ethanol and compiled her findings into a comprehensive report that was shared with CARB staff and other industry experts. Through this work, Coleman said she developed a deep appreciation for the role that cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber and other feedstocks can play in reducing GHG emissions.

“Thanks to this internship, I learned about the numerous clean energy benefits of cellulosic ethanol,” said Coleman. “I am passionate about efforts to help clean the air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and believe cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber can play a significant role. I greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded to me and want to thank the Renewable Fuels Foundation, Pacific Ethanol, and Aemetis for co-sponsoring my internship.”

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of advanced fuels and chemicals. Pacific Ethanol is the leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products in the United States, headquartered in Sacramento.

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