Gas 2.0 Attending GM Cellulosic Ethanol Backgrounder on Feedstocks Tomorrow

Prairie Grass

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:

And here are a few more stories about GM’s other partnerships and general strategy:

Stay tuned for more coverage.

Addendum: Dedicated Energy Crops Could Replace 30% of Gasoline: Ceres, Inc. Wants to Make it Happen

Disclosure: GM is paying for my trip

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In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.