Chinese tallow tree
Hydrothermal (HT) Processing of Plant Biomass for Petrochemical and Bioenergy Products
Research to date has demonstrated the technical applicability of HT processing for a wide range of plant biomass types, including invasive plant species and preservative-treated wood waste, both of which have little or no economic value and represent an environmental and ecological problem. This paper will summarize our results using various plant feedstocks for HT treatment with respect to hydrocarbon yields, chemical composition of semi-volatile mixtures and volume reduction.
Pilot Scale Data of Breakthrough Fermentation and Extraction Process Passes Key Milestones for Commercial Scaleup
Donal Day of the LSU AgCenter works with SynGest Inc. and Unitel Technologies Inc. to create the Optinol process, a process designed produce bio-butanol at a cost that is equal to that of creating ethanol.
Virent a semi-finalist for SAFE Energy Innovation Award
Virent, one of the industry partners working with the LSU AgCenter on its SUBI project has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Energy Innovation Award presented by the Washington, DC-based organization, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE).
Biobased fuel and chemical firms are investigating new sources for plant sugars. Image collage made possible by POET-DSM (corn stover), Beta Renewables (Giant reed), Wikimedia Commons (grain sorghum), Renmatix (woodchips), GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (hybrid poplar), USDA (napier grass, energy cane, switchgrass).
Seeking Biomass Feedstocks That Can Compete
Biofuels and biobased chemical makers hope to win with cellulosic sugars.
Vadim Kochergin.
Kochergin aims to improve sugar processing
Vadim Kochergin is improving the way sugar is processed in Louisiana. The LSU AgCenter professor was trained as a chemical engineer in Moscow, Russia, and has used that knowledge to solve problems for the sugarcane industry.