Shell and Virent collaborate on biogasoline project

Saturday, March 29, 2008

An article from the Wisconsin State Journal:

Virent Energy Systems of Madison is working with Shell oil company on a joint development project to convert plant sugars into gasoline.

The project, which has been in the research phase for a year, would use Virent's Bioforming platform technology to create new biofuels that could be used as an alternative to oil-based gasoline in standard engines.

Plant sugars already are used to make ethanol, which is blended with gasoline.

The plant sugars used in the Virent process can come from non-food sources such as cornstalks, switchgrass or wheat straw.

Virent has 68 employees at its local biofuel development facility at 3571 Anderson St. Based in the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell has operations in more than 130 countries.