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Lynd 22 (1:44)
Topic(s): Biofuels / Future Transport
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Plants do pretty well in nature because they have been in
a competitive environment where grazing animals, beetles, wood-boring birds,
you name it, attack these things and plants are tough in the face of these
attacks. And precisely that toughness, if you will, is really, frankly the
central obstacle we need to overcome from a processing point of view. You can
readily show, with, you know, various analytical tools, you can readily show
that once you convert cellulosic biomass to its component sugars, the rest of
the con— if that could be done for free, hypothetically, in other words,
if we could over nature's toughness at— with high efficiency and
low cost, the rest of the process, although there are improvements that could
be made, is essentially ready to roll, and you would have very cost-competitive
And so the thing that is absolutely required in order to
lower the cost of processing is, again, at high efficiency and high— and
low cost, to convert the biomass into its component sugars.
We're pursuing a potential home run. I think
it's probably interesting to know not only what we think, but what the
rest of the world thinks. My perception and understanding of the rests of the
world's opinion is that this home run is tremendously ambitious, but very
likely the ultimate way that it will happen. Many people think it's
decades away. We think that it's a few years from proof of concept and
it's very easily described.