PLC Royal Dutch Shell dan Virent Energy Systems Inc. memulai produksi di Madison, Wis., demonstration plant yang mengubah plant sugar menjadi gasoline blend components.

Penulis : Paula Dittrick

The 10,000 gal/year-capacity demonstration plant is the latest step in a joint research and development effort by the two companies.

Virent’s gasoline blend component will be used for engine testing and fleet testing. Currently, the demonstration plant uses beet sugar as its feedstock although it can be reconfigured to use various feedstocks, executives said. The resulting product can be blended to make conventional gasoline or combined with gasoline containing ethanol.