GLRPPR Sector Resource: RITE and Honda to produce ethanol from biomass
RITE and Honda to produce ethanol from biomass
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) and Honda R&D Co., the auto maker's subsidiary responsible for research and development, announced that their cooperative research has resulted in ethanol production technology from soft-biomass, a renewable resource of plant-derived material. In its collaborative research, RITE and Honda have established the basic technology to produce ethanol fuel from cellulose and hemicellulose, both found in soft-biomass, including inedible leaves and stalks of plants, such as rice straw. Until now, such soft-biomass represented a challenge to convert to ethanol. Thus, the new process represents a large step forward for practical application of soft-biomass as a fuel source.
Date of Publication:
September 15, 2006
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