The UK's first mass-scale bioethanol factory has finally opened, one month after British MP's voted to accept the Government's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). Together, these two events turn biofuels from somewhat of an abstract topic in the UK into a very commercial reality. Despite widespread media coverage- which more often than not has focused on their negatives as opposed to their positives - biofuels have largely been confined to niche areas of UK motoring to date.