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GM Research Chief Sees Ethanol As Hydrogen Complement

Encouraging farmers to grow corn or other grains that can be converted into clean-burning, renewable fuel creates a system that can be readily applied to generating hydrogen, Dr. Burns tells Reuters.

Published: 08-Jun-2006

MUNICH--The United States' sudden love affair with ethanol fuel will boost prospects for embracing hydrogen-powered fuel cells later, General Motors' (GM.N) research and development chief Lawrence Burns said on Wednesday.

Encouraging farmers to grow corn or other grains that can be converted into clean-burning, renewable fuel creates a system that can be readily applied to generating hydrogen as well, he told Reuters on the sidelines of an auto industry conference.

"Even some of the initial steps in the processing of the biomass -- whether to make it hydrogen or ethanol -- will be one and the same, so it is an impportant step toward an alternative pathway for energy," he said.

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