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BEST-L September 2007

Subject:

Ethanol makers pursuing avenue 'Q'

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Sun, 9 Sep 2007 13:26:53 -0400

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Ethanol makers pursuing avenue 'Q'
A new microbe being used by biofuel leaders has the chance to change the
way ethanol is produced.
CNNMoney.com, September 4, 2007

"Figuring out a way to turn wood pulp, sugar cane, wheat straw and other
biomass products into ethanol is the easy part. Figuring out a way to do
it economically and efficiently is where it gets tricky.

The enigmatically named Q Microbe, under development by SunEthanol
Inc., has attracted the attention of major ethanol producer VeraSun
Energy, putting it at the forefront of technology for co-called
cellulosic ethanol, which is expected to replace corn as the main source
of alternative fuel in the United States. The enzyme's allure lies in
how it is found in nature and does not need to go through the costly
process of being manufactured in a lab to be effective, as well as its
efficiency with a variety of biomass products.

The Q Microbe is expected to be cheaper to use than other enzymes
because it can do its work naturally in one step, whereas other enzymes
need multiple steps in a laboratory to extract the sugar. Moreover, the
Q Microbe so far has been effective with almost all biomass, while other
enzymes only work on particular substances."

http://money.cnn.com/2007/09/04/news/companies/ethanol_qmicrobe/index.htm?postversion=2007090412

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