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U of M startup enVerde, based on technology developed by Paul Dauenhauer that turns organic waste into synthetic gas, is seeking seed capital to establish a demonstration plant.

EnVerde's technology would use waste as a feedstock: livestock manure, food manufacturing detritus, even plastic garbage. "Just about anything carbon-based can be used in the process," said Dauenhauer, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Minnesota.

Whatever the input, it would come at no cost since it's waste. "We really wanted to find something with a low-cost base, and we wanted to find something that would perform well environmentally," said [Dave] Goebel, who has provided "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to finance enVerde so far.

Read the full story in the Star Tribune.