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GM, Coskata partnership builds on Oklahoma State University biofuels research
Date:1/16/2008

nion research agreement for any aspects of the syngas fermentation technology that would aid them in production. Since providing the initial three strains of microorganisms in 2006, Coskata-funded research with the OSU Biofuels Team has provided two additional microorganisms for the company.

Bolsen likened it to running the Kentucky Derby, with the OSU Biofuels Team helping to put horses in the race to reduce this countrys dependence on oil.

Our system is somewhat unique in that were not considering a single feedstock or competing with agricultural food, feed or fiber needs; were using the entire plant in underutilized biomass, said Ray Huhnke, OSU Biofuels Team leader and agricultural engineer.

According to Coskata, the proprietary microorganisms do what syngas conversion from chemical catalysis cannot do, which is make a pure stream of ethanol at the lowest cost target in the industry.

In addition, the process is net energy positive, providing up to 7.7 units of ethanol energy per unit of fossil fuel input, compared to 1.3 units provided by corn ethanol and 0.8 units from gasoline, according to the Argonne National Laboratory.

OSU is proud to be part of a technology that will not compete with food for the production of ethanol, said Stephen McKeever, OSU vice president for research and technology transfer. Use of alternative feedstocks such as switchgrass and municipal solid waste will be of ultimate benefit to the consumer.


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Contact: Donald Stotts
donald.stotts@okstate.edu
405-744-4079
Oklahoma State University
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