China wants to double its ethanol production by 2020

China plans to double its ethanol production to four million tonnes - from its current level - by the year 2020. The Government still controls the stocks of corn for human consumption, used for the production of biofuels.
The world's largest energy consumer is planning to increase its share of biofuels in total energy consumption by the year 2020 from the current 12% to 15%. While other forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar have grown rapidly in recent years, China has not reached so its production objectives from agricultural raw materials from biomass for fear of bottlenecks with food.
China currently produces 2.1 million tons of ethanol a year; you had the goal to produce four million tons in the five-year plan from the year 2010. This plan is being pursued now in the new five-year plan. Analysts believe the goal could be achieved easily in the face of the huge stocks of old maize in the State-owned. It could be even six to eight million tonnes of ethanol so a consultancy based in Shanghai.
China has for years bought corn at subsidized prices to support the income of farmers. This policy was abandoned in the spring of this year but and stocks should be reduced. It is estimated that more than 200 million tons are maize in the State stocks of China's dubious quality. If ethanol producers weighed out their production capacity, the cost could be retracted again in three to four years, so the consultant.
End of 2006 ethanol production was criticized in the Chinese society, as corn prices rose in the country. This resulted in the bio-fuel made from sorghum and cassava and other non-grain commodities more. The commodity offer but is not enough to achieve the objectives of the plan. The industry and local governments contact one affiliated for it, that Maisbasierte ethanol plants were built with a processing capacity of more than a million tons. The new five-years-plan foresees the ethanol production now "reasonable growth" in turn to be generated mainly from non-grain raw material. The processing of food (say: corn/wheat) should be subject to strict controls.
This is interpreted so that foods that are no longer suitable for human consumption, such as mouldy corn or wheat or rice with high toxin levels, is also used for the production of ethanol. Also, the Government wants to promote ethanol from cellulose fibers or parts of plants, which are not suitable for consumption. In this technology, there have been so far but still no progress.
By the year 2020, biomass processing capacity will be for 15 gigawatts. Currently cannot produce 10 gigawatts and the previous target provided facilities for 13 gigawatts.

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