OptiSwitch Technology system to boost ethanol yields

By | September 08, 2008
OptiSwitch Technology Corp., a high-performance semiconductor device, module and system research and development company, has developed a new process that uses an electroporation system to increase corn-based ethanol yields by 5 percent or more. The project, which was performed and evaluated at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville, Ill., was funded with $10 million contracted from the U.S. Department of Defense. Ty Navapanich, director of operations at San Diego-based OptiSwitch Technology, said the company is currently looking for ethanol plants to partner with to reach commercialization.