Startup gets heavy hitter BASF as investor to advance new method of blasting wood chips with supercritical water at high temperature and pressure to break off the sugars in non-food biomass.
Renmatix says its new process allows it to produce cellulosic sugars--from which some types of biofuel are derived--more cheaply than ever. SmartPlanet reports from Philadelphia.
Startup Virdia raises funds to test making sugar from wood chips, making it one of many companies trying to create sugars from non-food sources for chemicals, biofuel, or animal feed.
Primus Green Energy has developed a process to convert wood pellets and natural gas into a high-octane gasoline. But can they do it cheap enough?