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By Robert Rapier on Aug 18, 2008 with no responses

Coskata Responds

Following my previous essay explaining my skepticism that Coskata can make ethanol economically with their process, Wes Bolsen (see his profile here), the Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President of Coskata dropped by and made some comments. One thing I believe in strongly is fair play, so I will provide his entire comments below without interruption. Wes and I plan to speak on Wednesday, and I will ask some pointed, and on the record questions. If you have a specific question that you would like to see me ask, let me know in the comments following this essay. I already have a list, and I can assure you that they are not to be found in Coskata’s FAQ. My questions… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 17, 2008 with no responses

Coskata: Dead Man Walking

Since the Coskata announcement that they were going to be able to produce ethanol for “under US $1.00 a gallon anywhere in the world” – documented here – I have gotten a number of requests for comments on the technology. After all, GM is on board! GM can’t be wrong, can they? Vinod Khosla’s enthusiasm couldn’t be misplaced either, could it? After crunching the numbers, my conclusion is that not only is this not the ‘slam dunk’ that is being projected, you probably have a better chance of hitting a blindfolded shot from mid-court than Coskata has of producing cost-competitive ethanol. What leads me to this conclusion? Earlier today I provided some extensive analysis for someone, so I thought I… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 14, 2008 with no responses

Coskata Hype

Several noteworthy energy stories in the past 24 hours, so a few quick posts. First up is the Coskata news that has everyone talking: GM Takes Stake in Small Biofuels Firm Bill Roe, president and CEO of 18-month-old Coskata, said that at full production the company will be able to make ethanol for less than $1 a gallon. He said pump prices should dramatically reflect widespread production of the cheaper new ethanol by 2015 or 2016, when it expects to be building 20 to 25 fuel plants a year. David Cole, chairman of the independent Center for Automotive Research, which receives a small part of its funding from auto companies, says GM’s move reinforces that U.S. carmakers are serious about… Continue»