Tag: Sweetwater Energy

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Calling Tony Stark: Miniaturizing biofuels’ hot technologies

Scale-up, scale-up, scale-up. But what about scale-down? The Digest looks at how some technologists are aiming to bring the machines to the biomass, and transforming costs and options along the way. Scale-up — it’s the most exciting, yet dreaded phrase in advanced industrial biotechnology. It’s the period when a technology comes out of the lab […]

April 15, 2014 More

Sweetwater Energy: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Sweetwater Energy technology produces low-cost, concentrated sugars from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing bioenergy and biochemical demand. Sweetwater uses patent-pending technology to produce sugars from several types of biomass—from agricultural residues to harvested wood—and says that the process is more economical than the industry can currently provide. Not only […]

April 2, 2014 More

It’s 2014: get cracking!

Hydrotreating, catalytic cracking, pyrolysis, metathesis, supercritical, and catalytic reforming. It’s the big new wave heading for biofuels and biobased chemicals at scale. The secret word in the bioeconomy for 2014 starts with a C. Carbon? Chemicals? Cellulosic? Close, but guess again. Yep, it’s cracking. That is, breaking down the biobased feedstock with heat, pressure and […]

January 29, 2014 More

Sweetwater Energy lands $2.5M grant from NYSERDA for industrial sugars project

In New York, Sweetwater has received a $2.5 million funding grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to build five facilities in New York. The first facility is to supply sugar to Naturally Scientific US (NSUS), which has signed a $250 million, 15-year contract for Sweetwater’s sugars. The second facility […]

December 23, 2013 More

Sweetwater Energy to supply industrial sugars to Pacific Ethanol for 2G

In California, Sweetwater Energy and Pacific Ethanol announced an agreement to supply customized industrial sugars for the production of cellulosic ethanol. The agreement supports the construction of a cellulosic biorefinery at the Pacific Ethanol Stockton facility capable of producing up to 3.6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually, contingent upon Sweetwater Energy obtaining the necessary […]

December 18, 2013 More

Sweetwater sets up JV to produce sugar from waste CO2

In New York state, Sweetwater Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture with Naturally Scientific, Inc. to produce sugar from waste carbon dioxide.The new technology converts carbon dioxide taken directly from the emissions of industries such as ethanol refineries, natural gas power plants and many others, into usable sugars.The joint venture expands Sweetwater’s sugar-production reach beyond […]

October 14, 2013 More

Sweetwater Energy to convert CO2 to sugars in JV with Naturally Scientific

In New York, Sweetwater Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture with Naturally Scientific, Inc. to produce sugar from waste carbon dioxide. The new technology converts carbon dioxide taken directly from the emissions of industries such as ethanol refineries, natural gas power plants and many others, into usable sugars. The joint venture expands Sweetwater’s sugar-production reach […]

October 11, 2013 More

Sweetwater Energy teaming with Rochester Institute of Technology students

In New York state, collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences and Sweetwater Energy Inc. will give students experience with the Rochester-based company that has a sweet and sustainable niche. Sweetwater Energy provides its industry partners with a concentrated plant-sugar mixture for production of biofuels, biochemicals and bioplastics. The growing […]

July 25, 2013 More

Frugal Fuels: Top 12 ways to transform biofuels using materials already around us

REduce, REuse, REcycle. REnewable energy sometimes means REthinking, REfocusing. Great ideas abound for new feedstocks, and novel infrastructure. We admire so many of them. Jatropha, carinata, switchgrass, sweet sorghum, blender pumps, systems-at-sea. And so much more. But what about technologies that bolt-on a different processing unit, but keeps everything else the same. Or uses an […]

May 31, 2013 More

BioGasol delivers first CarboFrac units to Sweetwater Energy

In Washington DC, at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, Sweetwater Energy announed that BioGasol completed delivery of its first commercial biomass pretreatment system. The cellulosic sugar producer will use the unit, a Carbofrac 10, in its demonstration facility to produce pretreated biomass for use in downstream processes. BioGasol’s reactor design allows for the cost efficient […]

April 18, 2013 More