Chevron Corp. of San Ramon, CA, and the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) have formed a strategic research collaboration to pursue advanced technology aimed at converting cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels. The joint research will coordinate with the California Biomass Collaborative to focus on renewable feedstocks available in California, including agricultural waste such as rice straw.
The goal is to develop commercially viable processes for the production of fuels from resources such as energy crops, forest and agricultural residues and municipal solid waste. The research will involve biochemical and thermochemical conversion. Chevron and UC Davis will also provide a demonstration facility to test the commercial readiness of the technologies.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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