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Dow and DOE to Invest in Biomass-to-Ethanol Process; Shell Ups Stake in Biofuels Firm

9:26 AM MDT | July 22, 2008 | Rebecca Coons

Dow Chemical says it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE; Washington) National Renewable Energy Laboratory to jointly develop and evaluate the commercial viability of a biomass-to-ethanol process. The process will use non-food ingredients, such as the leaves from a corn plant or wood wastes, and convert the biobased material into synthesis gas using a gasification process. The gas will be converted to a mixture of alcohols, including ethanol, using a Dow mixed alcohols catalyst. The collaboration will focus on improving...

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