Monday, May 09, 2005

Biomass-to-Ethanol Bacteria

A genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that produces fuel ethanol from biomass waste such as corn stover is being used as the basis for a commercial ethanol plant currently under development.

BC International plans to build a 30-million-gallon biomass-to-ethanol plant in Jennings, La, based on the genetically engineered bacteria. The plant, due to be operational by the end of 2006, will use sugarcane waste as the main feedstock.
I love this stuff. Toss a couple of genes from yeast into a bacteria and now all that left over agricultural waste that used to be burned to get rid of it can now be turned into a useful form of energy.

via Green Car Congress

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