Tomorrow, General Motors is hosting a backgrounder on cellulosic ethanol feedstocks at the Thousand Oak (CA) based laboratories of Ceres, Inc.
Coverage of non-food based ethanol tends to focus on fuel production technologies, but Ceres works one step further up the supply chain: they’re using genetic technology to engineer plants optimally suited for conversion into something you’d want to put in your gas tank.
I’ve already had the chance to speak with Richard Hamilton, President and CFO of Ceres, about the potential to produce super-strains of perennial grasses like sweet sorghum and switchgrass, and I’m looking forward to hearing more details tomorrow.
In the course of the day we’ll also be hearing from:
I covered GM’s partnership with Mascoma earlier this year, and I’ll be interested in updates on the status of their cellulosic ethanol projects. To learn more about Mascoma, see:
- GM Announces New Cellulosic Ethanol Partnership with Mascoma Corp
- Mascoma Update: Cellulosic Ethanol Company Adds $10 Million From Marathon Oil
And here are a few more stories about GM’s other partnerships and general strategy:
- GM Announces Biofuel Partnership: Cheap, Green Ethanol? (Coskata)
- GM Backs Hydrogen Refueling Station Near LA
- GM’s Grand Plan For Solving America’s Oil Dependence
Stay tuned for more coverage.
Disclosure: GM is paying for my trip
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