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Clemson University and the University of Queensland form biofuels research partnership
Date:6/27/2011

earch, and this collaboration will aid process development and help speed these processes to market.

"The University of Queensland is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions," Kelly said. "Together, we will push the boundaries of biofuels development with alternative energy concepts that benefit South Carolina and Queensland."

The research scope includes:

  • Switchgrass and sweet sorghum to ethanol: Clemson will provide comprehensive access to information developed for conversion of sugar cane bagasse (the fibrous byproduct of sugar extraction) to ethanol.
  • Ethanol pilot-scale demonstration funding: Clemson and Queensland will develop and pilot a sugar cane-to-ethanol process in Queensland using residual sugar cane bagasse.
  • Cellulosic monomer conversion to biodiesel technology: The universities will develop algal and cellulosic technologies for the production of biodiesel. This process, in early developmental phases, has the potential to convert cellulose from multiple feedstock sources to a ready biodiesel for military, mining, industrial and personal transportation applications.

The universities jointly will pursue private and federal funding sources in the U.S. and Australia to develop pilot processing plants, and for design, construction, technology transfer and operation of a cellulosic biofuels program.

Paul Greenfield, vice chancellor of The University of Queensland, said the need for alternative energy sources, such as biofuels, has become an essential part of an environmentally suitable future.

"The development of clean fuels for the future is one of the most urgent challenges facing society due to the need to address climate change and secure fuel supplies," Greenfield said.

From an economic development standpoint, the partnership will bring rich rewards, said John Kelly, Clemson University's vice president for economic development.

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Contact: Karl Kelly
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Clemson University
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