Why electrification won’t kill ethanol, according to biofuel executive

NEW YORK — The international motion by governments and automakers to enhance electrification of vehicles does not imply ethanol will be useless as a solution, in accordance to an executive of a single of the world’s major producers of the biofuel.

Beyond the demand that will carry on to exist in international locations that create the biofuel and exactly where adoption of EVs is found as slower, these as Brazil and India, there are industries that will need to have to use biofuels to minimize emissions in which electrification is not a feasible solution, said Paula Kovarsky, chief approach officer at Brazil’s Raízen SA.

In an interview late on Tuesday in New York, where she is for the cycle of weather conferences in the coming week, Kovarsky reported that so-known as ‘hard to abate’ sectors these as shipping and delivery and commercial aviation are strong targets for the upcoming of biofuels, as properly as electric powered cars that could use gas cells for conversion of ethanol into hydrogen to move electrical motors.

“I consider that for automakers, in the identical electric car design that would have a battery in Europe or the U.S., they could alter that battery for a fuel mobile in Brazil or India and use ethanol,” she mentioned.

Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen are among the vehicle suppliers creating the hybrid technological know-how that utilizes ethanol to generate hydrogen inside the automobile, the gas that in turn will feed the electrical motor.

Authorities believe that that helps make sense for destinations like Brazil in which there is a wide ethanol distribution program. But because car manufactures have worldwide generation designs, there are doubts if they would make cars for the demands of precise locations.

Kovarsky sees likely for ethanol to be made use of in sustainable aviation gasoline or as a bio bunker gas for vessels — areas where by batteries and electrification would be challenging to use.