Ethanol-Infused Gas Takes Test Run in Tainan
(Taiwan Today) Taiwan Institute of Economic Research introduced the benefits of ethanol-infused fuel to the nation’s drivers in Rende Township, Tainan City, Oct. 4. TIER, subcontracted by the National Science Council to conduct a project on the development of biofuels, last year began to produce ethanol from agricultural waste products such as bagasse and rice straw, Tso Chun-to, head of the institute’s Research Division I, told a news conference at a Taiwan Sugar Corp. gas station.
To date 134,000 liters have been produced, and 95E3 ethanol-infused fuel has been available at the station on a trial basis since June, he added.
… The ethanol oxygenates the mixture, allowing the fuel to burn more completely and thus produce cleaner emissions, reducing greenhouse gases, TIER said. The goal is to increase the proportion of ethanol to 10 percent after five years.
…Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-de said he would work to have an ethanol plant established in the municipality. “Tainan has a vigorous sugar industry and a lot of fallow farmland,” he noted. “Setting up a factory here would help revitalize the economy in rural areas and encourage young people to return home.” READ MORE