Brazil Opens First Ethanol-Biodiesel Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Reuters reports on a first for Brazil’s biofuels industry:

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva showcased Brazil’s prowess in the alternative fuels industry on Tuesday when he inaugurated Barralcool, the first integrated biofuels plant that will produce cane-based ethanol and biodiesel from oilseeds.

Brazil, with its huge agricultural potential, has for decades had the world’s most advanced biofuels market. After the oil crisis in the early 1970s, it launched the ProAlcool ethanol programme to lighten dependence on crude imports.

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