“To grow sweet sorghum and sweet pearl millet as a renewable, sustainable, cash crop alternative to wood and reduce de-forestation everywhere in the world, and to produce an economical and environmentally friendly ethanol fuel from these two crops” Purthanol Resources aims to produce ethanol at 50 to 98% concentration or better from sweet sorghum and sweet pearl millet, to produce valuable by-products from the biomass and to sell this concept as turnkey Licenses all over the world. Our Ethanol Production Objectives:
To produce ethanol at various concentration to sell to countries with a refinery.
To transform the biomass in valuable by-product as chemical pulp, wood chips, oriented strand board (OSB) and antibiotic free animal feed to increase profitability.
To create environmental, sustainable and durable solutions to reduce deforestation.
To create valuable carbon credits.
The current market for transportation fuel ethanol in Canada is less than 1% of the total gasoline market in the province. Most, although not all, Canadian integrated oil refiners and wholesalers currently view ethanol as uneconomical for their businesses. Alberta’s single ethanol producer therefore enjoys the benefits of the provincial tax exemption for only a minor portion of its total ethanol sales. The company exports nearly all its output to the United States.
Demand for ethanol/gasoline blends for transportation is spread across Canada. There are approximately 1000 retail outlets selling ethanol blends. Canadian consumption is concentrated in Ontario where one major oil refiner/wholesaler blends ethanol with its gasoline. There are other Canadian gasoline suppliers selling ethanol blends in western Canada. Demand in the U.S. has been growing rapidly in context of environmental regulations requiring minimum oxygenate levels in gasoline in regions where ambient air quality standards are not being attained. Ethanol competes mainly with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as a gasoline oxygenate additive in the United States. Little MTBE is blended with motor gasoline that is consumed in Canada.
MTBE has now been targeted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the State of California for phase-out due to soil and water contamination from underground leaking fuel storage tanks. The EPA is seeking to phase-out MTBE. However, corresponding mandatory minimal oxygenate levels in gasoline may be eliminated. Although the U.S. EPA and Department of Agriculture (DA) have proposed the development of a “Renewable Fuels Standard”, which favours ethanol, the form of this new program (or regulation) has yet to be defined by the U.S. Administration. The market position of ethanol as an environmental tool is therefore uncertain. In California some ethanol will likely be required to meet the gasoline standards. That is, California refiners may not have enough “clean-burning” components to make all of the gasoline (meeting standards) needed for the state without the use of oxygenates. However, there is uncertainty regarding how large the ethanol requirement will be in California as well as other states.
Ethanol Production in Alberta Final Report April 2000 Interdepartmental Ethanol Committee Government of Alberta