Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, September 19, 2011

China is interested in biofuels — Why not the West?
Published: Sep 16, 2011 20:53 Updated: Sep 16, 2011 21:18

China, arguably the world’s most influential and dynamic economy, is beginning to eye renewable as a partial solution to its voracious and growing energy needs. If Beijing determines that biofuels represent the future, expect to see the current modest Western investment field to change dramatically.

As yet, China’s involvement is modest.

According to a PetroChina company official, the firm aims to increase its production of biofuels by 2015 to 1.1 million tons and import and additional 470,000 tons.

PetroChina, a traditional hydrocarbon company, is clearly thinking outside the box to increase its alternative energy portfolio.

According to PetroChina’s Petrochemical Research Institute deputy chief engineer Fu Xingguo, China is looking at generating 933,000 tons annually of fuel ethanol and 165,000 tons of biodiesel.

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