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Project Title: Microfiber Xylose Isomerization for Ethanol Production
Principal Investigator: Vince Remcho, Oregon State University
Company Contact: Mr. Chris Beatty, Trillium FiberFuels, Inc.
Description: Trillium FiberFuels and Oregon State University are developing a microfiber isomerization reactor and system which enables xylose fermentation to ethanol. Trillium's unique approach to generating ethanol seeks to use agricultural residues, such as wheat or grass straw, as the source for this valuable fuel, avoiding use of the edible portion of these plants which have other commercial uses. The reactor and system seek to increase cellulosic ethanol yield by 30-40% over existing methods, thereby dramatically reducing cellulosic ethanol production costs. Trillium Fiberfuels has also been awarded a Phase I SBIR Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for their work in this area.