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Biofuel production can be more efficient in combination with hydrogen
By combining ethanol production from sugar cane with hydrogen, the CO2 released during ethanol production could be converted into methanol, according to a study analysing the production of biofuels from sugar cane in Brazil. In these times of energy scarcity, this way of producing biofuel could offer a hopeful alternative.