Chevron Corp. and Weyerhaeuser Co. will work together to commercialize the production of biofuels from cellulose-based sources. The companies plan to research and develop technology that can transform wood fiber and other non-food sources of cellulose into economical clean-burning biofuels for cars and trucks. Chevron turned to Weyerhaeuser because of the forest and mill system crops planted on the company’s forest plantations.
The companies believe cellulosic biofuels can become a popular low-carbon alternative transportation fuel. But there are some technical barriers to overcome. “There are several technology hurdles that need to be addressed before large-scale commercialization of cellulosic feedstocks occurs,” says Dave O’Reilly, chairman and CEO of Chevron. “We believe this partnership will accelerate the achievement of that reality.”
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.