National Geographic : 2004 Aug
Patrick Foody Sr. is a determined man. Some 30 years ago, he had a visionary idea. He would produce ethanol, a vital ingredient in transportation fuels, from agricultural wastes like cereal straws and cornstalks. Contemporaries doubted him. Initial attempts were costly. Still, Pat and his colleagues at logen Corporation pressed on. After much dogged persistence, and with help from Shell, they found ways to make large-scale production a commercial reality. It may be a while yet before alternatives such as EcoEthanol TM can become a major source of energy. But by seeking out partners like Pat, we're hoping to bring that day a step closer. Visit www.shell.com/biofuels for more information.