Grant to Develop Biomass Process

PureVision Technology, Inc. has received a US$195,880 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help scale-up a new biomass recovery process that could significantly reduce the cost of producing bio-fuels and other products from agricultural and forest waste materials.

Ft. Lupton, Colorado – September 13, 2002 [] PureVision’s new recovery technology separates the basic parts of biomass from each other in a patented fractionation process. Once separated, these basic components of biomass can be processed or refined into many useful products, including ethanol. PureVision’s biorefinery technology is analogous to refining petroleum to make hydrocarbon derivatives such as fuels, lubricants and chemicals. Instead of refining oil, the PureVision process refines biomass (for example wood, agricultural and paper wastes) into fuel, fibers, energy and sugars. The sugars are raw materials that can be used for making many industrial products, such as bio-plastics and chemicals-including ethanol. “The overall goal of the PureVision approach is to produce fuel, energy and specialty chemicals from waste biomass at costs competitive with petroleum,” said Dick Wingerson, Ph.D., developer of the process and PureVision’s Chief Scientist. “By using abundant waste biomass to produce fuels and energy, we can extend the Nation’s energy and chemical base without importing foreign oil or adding additional carbon to the environment.” As the U.S. continues to rely on imported foreign oil to meet transportation and energy needs, the U.S. DOE is promoting bio-fuels as an alternative. The government’s bio-fuels program is targeting the production of 10 billion gallons of ethanol from biomass by 2010. Presently the U.S. ethanol industry uses corn to produce over 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol per year. The PureVision process seeks to provide a critical technology to allow for the economical production of ethanol from biomass waste materials, such as corn stalks, wood wastes and food processing wastes.

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