LS9 and HCL CleanTech will use the grant to improve and demonstrate an integrated process to convert biomass feedstocks into fermentable sugars and then into diesel and other fuel and chemical products.

The companies are combining their proprietary technologies to produce drop-in advanced biofuels and other valuable bio-based chemicals from wood waste and other agriculture waste, commonly referred to as biomass.

LS9 president and CEO Ed Dineen said demonstrating compatibility and integration of LS9’s broad technology platform with next generation biomass based sugar technologies is a key strategic objective for the company.