Partnership explores cellulosic biomass conversion

A public-private technology alliance among ConocoPhillips, the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Iowa State University aims to research the conversion of nonfood agricultural residues, grasses and fast-growing trees into fuel. The partners will examine various processes including gasification, pyrolysis and fermentation. Each entity will contribute its own time and resources, and produce an initial report on the most cost-effective biomass conversion technologies by January 2009.