New joint ventures aim to establish hemp-ethanol pilot plant
By Ethanol Producer Magazine
August 12, 2014 - Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.
Syngar Technologies, which was featured in March 2012 article in Ethanol Producer Magazine has licensed its Pulsed Low Ultra Sound Wave (PLUSWave) Technology, which uses ultrasound frequencies to stimulate the fermentation growth of algae, bacteria, fungus or yeast microorganisms, including for use in production of ethanol. In late April the company formed Cellunol Inc. with ANW Inc., a South African company with a cellulosic pretreatment technology called Oxy-Hydro Fragmentation, said Garth Likes, CEO and chairman of Syngar Technologies. The second joint venture, announced in early May, is with Discovery Minerals LTD. and will involve pilot-scale testing of on-farm small-scale production of cellulosic ethanol using waste hemp materials as a feedstock. “It turns out that hemp is a pretty good alternative the cellulose content, as well as the fibers that are used to make clothing or whatever else,” he said.
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