LS9 fuel receives EPA registration

By Ron Kotrba | March 23, 2010
Posted April 13, 2010

LS9 Inc. announced that its trademarked UltraClean Diesel fuel has been officially registered with the U.S. EPA, now making it eligible for commercial sale in the U.S.

Wei Huang, vice president of process and engineering for LS9, was at the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference in Grapevine, Texas, earlier this year, where she presented on LS9's technology and fuels.

The company's technology is a one-step conversion process that can ferment C5 and C6 sugars to biodiesel, renewable diesel or any number of fuels and chemicals using so-called designer microbes and fatty acid biosynthesis. Huang said the technique is "very energy efficient."

The chain length and saturation of the finished product can be controlled, depending on the enzymes used in the cells, Huang said, adding that the technology has "the highest yields, simplest process and lowest cost" of any out there today.

She characterized the feedstock and sales/distribution aspects to commercialization of LS9's technology as "two book ends" to the company's technology. "LS9 will work on the technology and will rely on partners for 'bookend' development," Huang said.

LS9 bought an existing facility in Okeechobee, Fla., for its demonstration plant and anticipates breaking ground on a commercial-scale refinery in 2011.
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