A process for deriving 60 gal. (273 L) of ethanol from one ton of low-grade lignite coal — by way of a bacteria process — is garnering recent attention. The Great Plains synthetic fuels plant in Buelah, ND, believes that the development of economic methods for making ethanol from coal now are sufficiently advanced that it is moving ahead with plans for financing an addition to its facility that annually would make 30 million gal. (136 million L) of ethanol from 500,000 tons of lignite ...

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