I don’t think this conversion would likely be easy. Coal and bio materials are processed very differently to be used as fuel. Coal can be burned as a solid (the same state it is mined in) and therefore processing is generally very minimal and requires only removal of a few contaminants. However, making something such as bioethanol from crops requires quite a bit more processing. The plant matter will need to be enzymatically broken down, fermented and then purified. It would be nice if we could just make a quick and easy converstion to green energy production without building new facilities or possibly losing jobs. However, it does not seem that the same equipment would be useful for both coal porduction and making biofuels.
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