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CX-003108: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Industrial and Agricultural Waste to Clean Fuel: Qteros Facility for Development of Methods for Preparing Biomass for Hydrolysis and Fermentation into Cellulosic Ethanol
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
Date: 07/14/2010
Location(s): Marlborough, Massachusetts
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

Qteros, Incorporated proposes to use federal funds to develop and optimize a fermentation process for cellulosic biomass conversion to ethanol. This process would work in combination with the unique set of naturally-occurring organisms developed by Qteros. The federal funds would also be used to scale up that optimized process in a pilot plant to demonstrate the technology on a scale of 1,000 liter reactors, followed by scale-up to 2500 liters. The project also includes preliminary engineering activities for the biomass pretreatment process design.