Gulf Ethanol acquires cellulosic technology

Gulf Ethanol Corp. has acquired technology for converting nonfood feedstocks into powdered cellulose that can be used for ethanol production. The vortex implosion disintegrator technology was developed by Meridian Biorefining Corp. The process uses extreme compression and sudden polarity shifts to create an easily processed cellulose powder in five to 10 seconds. Tests on the material have shown significant processing advantages for ethanol production. Gulf and Meridian will work together on the engineering, design and implementation of the technology.