LEBANON, N.H.--Mascoma is a biotech firm engineering its way into the energy business.
At its core is a staff of brainy Phds with expertise in microbial technology and cellulosic ethanol. But rather than design pharmaceuticals or crop seeds, Mascoma scientists are researching ways to make a cheaper fuel.
Its part of an industry-wide race to make ethanol from non-food sources, such as wood chips and grasses, at commercial scale.
If done right, cellulosic ethanol promises to be far better than the current feedstock--corn--from a commercial and environmental standpoint.
There are many techniques for making cellulosic ethanol, including gasification … Read more