Process Management

News last update:6 Aug 2012

Stripping starch from straw

BTX Holdings, Inc. announced that an independent laboratory verified that starch, which was extracted from wheat straw that was processed with the Hypercritical Separation Technology (HST) system showed remarkable results.

The HST system is a mechanical dry separation system, which has the ability to separate organic biomass on a molecular level while utilizing very little energy and emitting no waste product.

BTX Holdings is a development stage company that specializes in the development and acquisition of technologies to extract useable products from biomass. It is currently under agreement to acquire the HST system, pending successful due diligence.

BTX recently began testing the HST system, which was specially calibrated to concentrate the starch and sugar fractions contained in wheat straw, to produce feedstock for ethanol production.

"According to the laboratory, the HST system has drastically modified and concentrated the starch/sugar contained in the wheat straw and it appears to have broken down a portion of the fibre into complex sugar chains or starch," said Scott Silverman, president and CEO of BTX Holdings.

The HST system breaks the original biomass feedstuff into three separate streams. The analysis that was conducted by an independent national laboratory showed a total starch content of 2.82% in the original wheat straw base. In total the three streams after processing in the HST system turned out a total starch content of more than 45%.

"We are anxious to further analyze the C fraction for the simple sugar content and to conduct large scale fermentation testing. Our company is encouraged every time we receive results like this as we are confident that the various environmentally friendly technologies we are working with will assist in reducing the dependence on fossils fuels, and upon commercialization, bring great value to our shareholders," Silverman said.

Additional info: BioTex Corporation

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