Energy
9:51 am
Fri January 17, 2014

KSU Patents Substance That Converts Straw Into Cleaner-Burning Fuel

Kansas State University has received a patent for a substance that helps convert straw and other grasses into a cleaner-burning fuel.

The patent was issued to the university's research foundation.

Kansas State says two former faculty members developed a substance that can be used in the production of syn-gas.

Syn-gas can be burned for energy and used to generate electricity.

However, converting biomass to syn-gas creates tar.

Research foundation vice president Marcia Molina says the newly developed substance is more effective at removing that tar.