Beijing, China – General Motors has announced that it will share its technologies in sustainable biofuels with China, reinforcing the company’s strategy of energy security and diversity in support of China’s sustainable development of automotive energy and transportation systems. The company is focusing on sustainable biofuels, particularly non-food-based, next-generation cellulosic ethanol.
The company held a media workshop in China, attended by executives from GM’s Global Energy Systems R&D, along with Coskata, one of GM’s partners in sustainable biofuels, and a Tsinghua University professor in charge of driving the university’s biofuels research.
Currently, China is the world’s third-largest ethanol producer, behind the U.S. and Brazil, with annual production of around one billion gallons. In the U.S., General Motors is committed to making half of its annual vehicle production flexible-fuel capable by 2012.
“According to the China Automotive Energy Research Center, GM has already begun successfully validating the automotive energy resource potential for sustainable biofuels in China,” said David Chen, vice-president of GM China Group. Chen said China can produce cellulosic ethanol on marginal lands from wood waste, energy crops such as switchgrass and even garbage, and that the country is in a good position to benefit from the development of such sustainable biofuels. GM sees China as being among the first markets and production sites for alternative propulsion systems.