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With all the negativity - justified or not - around corn ethanol lately, you've probably heard a lot of buzz about cellulosic ethanol. Cellulose is the main carbohydrate in living plants and cellulosic ethanol is ethanol made from the cellulose - the non-edible - parts of plants. Rather than fuel derived corn, cellulosic ethanol can be made from woods or grasses that are not competitive with food for livestock or people.
There are many cellulosic ethanol testing plants in the works, although we've yet to see anything brought to scale. One of the most recent projects is at Oklahoma State University's Bioenergy Center, which has planted switchgrass and sorghum for a facility in Kansas, expected to be operational in 2010.