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Mascoma and investor Valero plant to build a $232 million plant to convert wood chips normally used for paper or lumber into ethanol, a step forward for the struggling cellulosic ethanol industry.
Start-up Joule Unlimited is on the forefront of using genetic engineering to replace petrofuels, trying to learn from shortcomings of other biofuel technologies.
Mascoma gets up to $50 million from oil refiner Valero Energy to build and use cellulosic ethanol from biorefinery in Michigan.
With backing from GM, ethanol start-up hosts a tour of its biotech lab, where scientists are genetically engineering microorganisms that they hope will bring a breakthrough in ethanol production.
Cellulosic ethanol company says test facility using wood chips and grasses is producing at a rate of 200,000 gallons a year, a step toward commercialization.
To "get ahead of" future challenges brought by capital market turmoil, second-generation ethanol company lays off president and other executives in an effort to preserve cash.
General Motors creates a $100 million fund to foster innovative auto technologies, betting that advanced tech will perk up sales.
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Improving the microbes and building expensive factories are two of the hurdles awaiting the cellulosic ethanol industry.
Refining giant and automobile mainstay invest in Mascoma's ethanol-making microbes, part of $61 million in third-round funding for the clean-tech start-up.