Improving the Economics of Cellulosic Biofuels

Hyrax Energy Inc., the first startup company to emerge from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), is using an improved method for extracting fermentable sugars from biomass to improve the economics of the cellulosic biofuel pipeline. Developed in the lab of UW–Madison and GLBRC researcher Ron Raines, this ionic liquid-based technology provides a new way to transform biomass into biofuels and high-value chemicals without using enzymes or costly pretreatment steps. This simplified process produces a clean, concentrated fermentable sugar product that can be converted into innumerable chemicals or drop-in biofuels.

Recent Hyrax news:

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Celebrates 100th Patent Application
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Licensing agreement reached for biofuels, biochemicals technology
October 22, 2012

Tech and Biotech: Madison startup, Hyrax Energy, wins cleantech award
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