Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tequila Fuels Cars

Correction: A reader pointed out a few errors in my post on agave. First agave is not a cactus, but rather a succulent plant with narrow spiny leaves. And the worm reference in the headline is technically incorrect. The worm can be found in mescal, not tequila. I stand corrected.
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The discoveries are coming fast and furious these days. Looks like agave (the cactus used to make tequila) might be an effective biomass that could be turned into a biofuel. Other good qualities of the agave plant is efficient use of water and more gallons of the fuel per acre (even more that sugar cane). Plus agave is grown in the desert and not on precious farmland. Cool.

2 comments:

William M. Dowd said...

Tequila is not made from any type of cactus. It is made from a variety of agave, which some botanists classify as a branch of the lily family but most classify by itself as the family Agavaceae.

Also, while your headline is cute, the fable of the worm in "tequila" actually is based on a worm in something called "mescal," which is not tequila although both are products of Mexico.

justin rickard said...

Thanks for pointing these errors out. I regret that there were so many. Thanks for reading.

Cheers.

Justin

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