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Ecopetrol seeks NREL expertise in developing bagasse-to-ethanol process

3:18 AM MDT | August 8, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Washington) is working with Ecopetrol (Bogotá) to develop ways to process the residue from sugar cane and palm oil harvesting into fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline, NREL announced. The $2.3-million, 18-month project is being funded by Ecopetrol, which turned to NREL for its expertise in conversion of biomass, its compositional analysis and techno-economic analysis capabilities, and facilities, NREL says. NREL has a pilot plant at its Golden, CO, campus that has conversion...

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