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EKU TO EXPLORE MAKING FUEL FROM CELLULOSE (USA)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 3, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008 – 3:45 PM EST

by Bradley S. Klapper – Associated Press

PUBLISHED BY ‘BUSINESS FIRST OF LOUISVILLE’ (USA)

Researchers at Eastern Kentucky University and San Diego, Calif.-based General Atomics Corp. announced Monday that they plan to look into making fuel from cellulose-based materials such as corn stover, forestry waste, switchgrass and sorghum at the new Eastern Kentucky University Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies.

The center is being funded in part with $4 million in federal money.

The research it will undertake is vital to farmers who want a cash crop that can replace tobacco, as well as to lessening the state’s carbon footprint, EKU president Doug Whitlock said in a news release.

“This project is different in that it will be focused on production of biodiesel and ultimately jet fuel using non-food cellulosic materials in a process that will utilize algae to convert the biomass into bio-oils,” Whitlock said. “The research at EKU will determine both the optimal ‘recipe’ of cellulosic material and the economic feasibility of the project.”

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