It may sound a bit like something from a Dr. Seuss book, but it seems “green gasoline” is indeed on its way to a pump near you. Terrabon, a Texas-based company specializing in biofuels, reports its alternative fuel is completely compatible with gasoline and can be produced using nearly any kind of organic material, including sewer sludge.
Terrabon uses a fermentation process called MixAlco, which was developed by researchers at Texas A&M University, and it’s thought that this type of second-gen biofuel could replace ethanol as the gasoline alternative of choice within the next decade or so since its use would require no special modifications to automobiles or the current energy infrastructure.
Last fall, Terrabon completed work on a $3.5 million facility that’s capable of putting out 300 gallons per day of green gasoline from chopped sorghum. If all goes to plan, a much larger second plant will be built with backing from Valero, the nation’s largest oil refiner.