Biomass Energy http://wunc.org en NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-researchers-develop-cheap-biofuel-production-without-touching-food-supply <p></p><p>As corn prices rise and ethanol production competes with food sources, the energy industry is looking for other ways to produce biofuels.</p><p></p><p>Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, efficient and inexpensive way to extract energy-rich cellulose from non-edible plant matter, like corn husks, grasses, and wood chips.</p><p></p><p>PhD student Ezinne Achinivu &nbsp;says labs often run into trouble trying to remove a protective material called lignin. It's bonded to the cellulose, but hinders its efficiency.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:47:46 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28599 at http://wunc.org NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply