Saturday, March 8, 2008

Coskata's lab tour - $1 gallon ethanol from trash, tires, wood chips, switchgrass...


The guys over at Technology Review were treated to a tour of cellulosic ethanol startup sensation Coskata's labs and they've documented the tour with a photo essay.

Coskata plans to automate its ethanol-making process with robots in this room. "Much like the automotive industry, we want to use machines to [automate the process] so we can do thousands instead of hundreds [of colonies]," Tobey said. Also, while the company has a "laser focus" on ethanol right now, it plans to expand to other fuels and products. Some companies have asked about bioplastics, Tobey said, and co-founder Todd Kimmel said Coskata already has an organism that makes butanol.

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