Companies turn to making biochemicals at ethanol facilities

10/18/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Some biotech and chemical companies, including Gevo and Myriant Technologies, are retooling ethanol facilities to produce marketable biochemicals that can be used in products such as plastics and insulation material. Using ethanol equipment to make biochemicals could pave the way for the next stage in biofuel evolution, industry analysts said. "We're not going to go from 1.0 to 2.0," said Renewable Fuels Association spokesman Matt Hartwig, adding that there will be "1.2, 1.5, 1.7 in between."

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