BlueFire gains technology rights

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. has signed an agreement with Amalgamated Research Inc. for the exclusive right to its simulated moving-bed (SMB) chromatographic separation technology, wherein feed valve locations are occasionally switched in the same direction as the liquid flow to simulate resin movement. The SMB technology will aid BlueFire Ethanol's acid hydrolysis process, which converts cellulose to ethanol, by recovering 99 percent of the entrained sugars in the acid/sugar stream.