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BlueFire to develop green waste facility in South Korea

The Irvine-based company signed an agreement with Ubiex Inc. to provide support and design for the project.

By Kristen SchottPublished: December 15, 2008 02:41 PM

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. is contracting with Ubiex Inc. to build a new cellulosic center in South Korea. The company, which specializes in converting cellulosic, or green waste, materials to ethanol, will provide the preliminary engineering development and technical support for the project.

The agreement with Ubiex Inc. is one of many international contracts BlueFire will implement during the coming years, as it expands its Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process. The system turns cellulosic waste materials, such as urban trash, rice, wood waste and other agricultural products, to ethanol, a gasoline alternative.

By converting green waste products into ethanol or other liquid fuels, countries with a large agricultural output can become more self-sufficient and rely less on imported energy products, according to BlueFire.

BlueFire is one of four ethanol companies awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to build ethanol production facilities.

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