For years, scientists and researchers have been working to extract sugar molecules in plant life, known as cellulose. However, to date, it has proved almost impossible to extract these sugars in a clean and efficient manner as they are tightly locked into the cellular walls of the plant.
As a glimpse of CBS 60 minutesMarshal Medoff, an 81-year-old inventor in Massachusetts, revealed the secret of access to plant cellulose, transforming the life of unsuitable plants into environmentally friendly fuels and other applications.
By reversing the way large electron acceleration machines usually work, Medoff has broken down biomass and converted plant sugars to ethanol, gasoline and environmentally friendly fuel fuel. According to an independent study, ethanol in Medoff actually emits 77 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than normal corn ethanol.
This technique can be a mechanical tool because fuel can be placed in existing gas station pumps easily, requiring little change in consumer behavior. The driver will simply climb into the pump and be able to put this environmentally friendly fuel in his car.
Plant cellulose is an attractive option as an energy source because it is the most abundant biological material on earth.
Medvedev said in an interview with CBS: "Cellulose is everywhere" 60 minutes. "I mean, there's a lot of cellulose in the world and nobody was able to use any of them."
Medoff is also used in the production of sugar and healthier plastics that can be programmed to decompose within a specified time frame.
This is just one of many examples of how to enable industrial biotechnology to produce a variety of bio-fuels, bio-plastics and other vital products, and help make our lives and our environment cleaner, safer and healthier.
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