Mascoma Corporation, Cambridge, MA, and Tamarack Energy, Inc., Essex, Connecticut, have agreed to collaborate on the joint development of cellulosic ethanol facilities in New York, as well as follow-on opportunities in Pennsylvania and New England states, leveraging wood mills and other production facilities.
This partnership enables Mascoma to apply its licensed and internally-developed cellulosic conversion technologies, processes, engineering and design expertise, to Tamarack Energy’s alternative energy development, permitting, operational, and financing abilities.
Mascoma's R & D (previous post) has the goal of bioengineering the ethanol-producing microbes so that they will collapse the many biologically mediated steps involved in ethanol production into one simple step.
Mascoma has leading expertise in all technologies and processes associated with cellulose ethanol systems design and implementation. Mascoma is focused on:
-- Bioengineering of the ethanol-producing microbes to reduce the number of steps in the conversion process
-- Developing and deploying cellulosic ethanol conversion systems tuned for appropriate processes for different feedstocks
-- Partnerships to develop and operate ethanol plants across various sites and feedstocks
-- Continually improving ethanol production processes and rapidly scaling-up unique technologies, process improvements, and cost reductions
Mascoma is developing organisms that would ideally:
-- Break down cellulose rapidly
-- Ferment sugar like a yeast
-- Tolerate high concentrations of ethanol
-- Devote most of its metabolic resources to producing solely ethanol
Tamarack Energy President Derek Amidon said, “Mascoma has assembled a formidable powerhouse of technical talent that, when integrated with the Tamarack Energy team’s biomass project development, wood procurement, engineering, construction and facility operations experience, strategically positions us to lead the commercialization of ethanol production from cellulosic biomass. Given the number of sites across the northeast with access to cellulosic feedstocks, including scrap wood, paper sludge, and other forestry and agricultural biomass, the region is ideal for the renewable energy economic development projects and integrated plants which Tamarack Energy and Mascoma can develop.”
Mascoma Corporation is leading the development of unique biotechnology and partnering in the deployment of cellulosic production into the ethanol market. Mascoma is aggressively pursuing the development of advanced cellulosic ethanol projects based on technology licensed from and developed at some of the world’s leading research facilities, as well as technology developed by Mascoma.
Tamarack Energy, Inc. is a developer, investor, owner, and operator of unique energy projects that utilize biofuels, wind, biomass, and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. Tamarack Energy is an independently operated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Haley & Aldrich, Inc., a nationwide firm that has met strategic environmental, engineering and management challenges for nearly 50 years.