Washington, D.C., July 19, 2004 — Admiral Richard Truly, Director of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), will be the featured guest this week discussing the search for new sources of energy on Ethanol Across America’s "Ethanol Minute."

Admiral Truly discussed the increasing demand for the products generated by oil refineries, namely the fuels that power our cars and chemicals to make plastics and other synthetic materials.

As a result of that demand, according to Admiral Truly, our dependence on imported materials has risen. This propels the need for new energy resources. Researchers at NREL are working with industry partners on ways to use forms of biomass, such as surplus corn plants, as the raw material for a new generation of refineries.

Truly adds, "These advanced biorefineries will tap unused crops and waste materials and turn them into valuable fuels and chemicals; useful products that until now would only be produced by oil."

The Ethanol Minute is broadcast nationwide at more than 440 radio stations per week. The series covers various aspects of ethanol production and use, including performance, health effects, economic development, and other related issues.


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