The future of fuels must consider all aspects of sustainability – environment, society and economics. Particularly as the world’s population expands, a sustainable balance must be struck in order to afford all people access to food, energy and clean water.
Liquid fuels will likely continue to be a significant contributor to energy consumption, and will continue to fuel the transportation of goods and people across long distances.
MixoFerm and the practice of FlexFeedstock enable and promote the synergistic utilization of biobased and fossil feedstocks such that environmental benefits can be realized in sensible succession as the needs of the increasing population are fulfilled by economically viable solutions.
We envision MixoFerm deployment for fuel ethanol production in many potential configurations, some of which result in Zero-CO2 Fermentation:
- Boosting mass yields at a conventional (i.e., starch based) MixoFerm plant
- Concurrent consumption of sugar and fermentation CO2 emissions from adjacent conventional plant with sufficient reducing gas addition
- Modified cellulosic ethanol plant that maximizes cellulosic (i.e., hexose and pentose) sugar conversion to ethanol, including fiber fractionation concepts
Other fuel blending molecules can be produced by this technology, notably iso-butanol, n-butanol. Moreover, MixoFerm allows for the 100% conversion of sugar carbon to fuel intermediates, which are subsequently be catalytically converted to deoxygenated, hydrocarbon fuels.