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Fast track to fuel — getting the right mix

09.01.2011  |  Luce, G. W.,  Terrabon, L.L.C., Houston, Texas

An innovative application of biology and chemical engineering cuts time and cost out of biofuel production

Keywords: [biofuels] [alternative energy] [chemistry] [science] [co-fermentation] [thermochemical] [Terrabon] [carboxylate] [sugar]

Many people believe biofuels are a fairly new idea, but the fact is engineers and scientists have been working on ways to convert biological feedstocks to viable engine fuels for many years. Some processes, such as the well-known Fischer-Tropsch synfuel process, have been around for almost a century, spurred by Germany’s high demand, combined with a limited supply of traditional hydrocarbon fuels.

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