RTI International has been awarded a $2 million grant by the US Department of Energy to explore ways of turning biomass and vegetation into clean energy or chemicals.

The process is described as a “therminator”. RTI will examine the process both from an engineering process and its commercial viability.

RTI scientists will attempt to improve the process by which waste vegetation or biomass into hydrogen or other chemicals through gasification. The technology would also remove contaminants, RTI said.

Clemson University is involved in the research as are the companies Cratech and Sud-Chemie.

RTI: www.rti.org