Gulf Ethanol Reveals Breakthrough Cellulose Technology
Thursday December 6, 8:00 am ET
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gulf Ethanol Corporation revealed details of its breakthrough cellulose processing technology today in Houston, Texas. Gulf recently acquired an exclusive license to the vortex implosion disintegrator technology developed by Meridian BioRefining. This high velocity, high pressure process can turn biomass into an easily processable cellulose powder in 5-10 seconds. Using extreme compression and sudden polarity shifts, this process uses molecular repulsion to create powdered cellulose. Gulf’s material has been shown to have significant processing advantages in the production of ethanol.
“Cellulose is the most abundant plant material on earth,” noted JT Cloud, Gulf Ethanol’s President. “By replacing more expensive food crops with cellulose as the basic feed-stock for ethanol production, we believe the price of ethanol can be reduced as its availability increases,” he explained. “We expect to work with existing plant owners to deliver cellulosic processing technology as well as building new cellulosic new ethanol plants,” he concluded.
As ethanol becomes a ubiquitous source of alternative energy, most major gasoline suppliers now include ethanol in their gasoline blends. Major supplier such as Exxon Mobil Corp. [NYSE:XOM]; British Petroleum, [NYSE:BP] and Royal Dutch Shell [NYSE:RDS-A] all include ethanol in current gasoline blends sold across America.
About Gulf Ethanol Corporation
Gulf Ethanol is an alternative energy company focused on the development of cellulosic ethanol technologies with a particular emphasis on Texas and the Gulf Coast.
Source: Gulf Ethanol Corporation
Engineering News Archive