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Apparatus and method for converting biomass to feedstock for biofuel and biochemical manufacturing processes

United States Patent

December 15, 2015
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The present invention includes improved systems and methods for producing biomass-derived feedstocks for biofuel and biochemical manufacturing processes. The systems and methods use components that are capable of transferring relatively high concentrations of solid biomass utilizing pressure variations between vessels, and allows for the recovery and recycling of heterogeneous catalyst materials.
Kania; John (Madison, WI), Qiao; Ming (Pewaukee, WI), Woods; Elizabeth M. (Middleton, WI), Cortright; Randy D. (Madison, WI), Myren; Paul (Madison, WI)
Virent, Inc. (Madison, WI)
13/ 462,378
May 2, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Award No. 70NANB7H7023, Requisition #4700558, awarded by NIST through the ATP program and Award No. DE-EE0003044 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.