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Iowa State researchers developing system to efficiently convert biomass to ethanol
Date:3/20/2008

ast 2,000 tons of biomass per day. A year's supply would cover 100 acres with 25 feet of biomass.

The Iowa State idea calls for biomass to be transported to small, local fast pyrolysis plants that would convert the plant fiber into liquid bio-oil, Satrio said. The bio-oil would be much easier to transport to bigger, regional facilities where it could be efficiently gasified at high pressure and catalytically converted into ethanol.

The departments of agriculture and energy said the 21 research projects won grants because they can advance President George Bushs Advanced Energy Initiative. The initiatives goals are to change the way the country powers its cars, homes and businesses by increasing energy efficiency and diversifying energy sources. Funding for the projects will be provided through the departments Biomass Research and Development Initiative.


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Contact: Victor Lin
vsylin@iastate.edu
515-294-3135
Iowa State University
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