Xethanol, which plans to build a biofuels refinery in Spring Hope, N.C., has hired three University of Georgia scientists in the area of biomass fuel production as consultants.

The three are Elliot Altman, director of the university’s Center for Molecular Bioengineering; Thomas Adams, director of the outreach service of the faculty of engineering; and Mark Eiteman, a professor of engineering. All are based in Athens, Ga.

Xethanol plans to produce ethanol based on cellulosic technology. The scientists are working on cellulosic ethanol as well as conversion of starch waste, such as bakery residue, to ethanol. Development of bakery waste as a fuel source is likely to be the first project on which the three work on for Xethanol, the company said.