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 (sĕl′yə-lōs′, -lōz′)
A polysaccharide, (C6H10O5)n, that is composed of glucose monomers and is the main constituent of the cell walls of plants. It is used in the manufacture of numerous products, including paper, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and insulation.

[French, from cellule, biological cell; see cellule.]

cel′lu·lo′sic (-lō′sĭk, -zĭk) adj.
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Noun1.cellulosic - a plastic made from cellulose (or a derivative of cellulose)
plastic - generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives
cellulose - a polysaccharide that is the chief constituent of all plant tissues and fibers
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Two other promoters who have declared that cellulosic ethanol is just on the cusp of viability: Mars exploration advocate Robert Zubrin, and media darling Amory Lovins.
Emerging technologies are allowing cellulosic biomass (wood, grass, stalks) to also be converted into ethanol.
Dale Snow, and Hisham Hegab tried to capitalize on the environmental and financial benefits of "biofuels" by using nanotechnology to further improve the cellulosic ethanol processes.
Petrol sold at a Shell station in Ottawa this month contains 10% cellulosic ethanol.
The thresholds for the new categories include 20% less greenhouse gas emissions for renewable fuels produced from new facilities, 50% less for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels, and 60% less for cellulosic biofuels.
Key statement: A method comprising combining a fibrous material including fibers comprising a cellulosic or lignocellulosic material, wherein the cellulosic or lignocellulosic material has been sheared to the extent that it has a bulk density less than about 0.5 g/[cm.sup.3], and wherein at least about 50% of the fibers have a length/diameter ratio of at least about five, with a bacterium and/or an enzyme.
Cellulosic biofuel company, Gulf Alternative Energy Corporation, today announced preprocessing technology that turns non-food plant material, or biomass, into extremely small particles that can more quickly and more cheaply be turned into ethanol.
One of the wraps on cellulosic ethanol is that at the end of the day, the energy--including water, enzymes and time-you put into the plant is more than what you get out of it.
Institut Francais du Petrole (Rueil Malmaison Cedex, France) has patented a process for producing cellulolytic and/or hemicellulolytic enzymes uses the residue from the ethanolic fermentation of enzymatic hydrolyzates of cellulosic or ligno-cellulosic materials.
Summary: DuPont Vice President & General Manager John Ranieri said the company's plans to bring its two advanced biofuels programs to market are on track and making significant technical progress toward the commercialization of biobutanol and the conversion of cellulosic feedstocks economically into biofuels.
Department of Energy is contributing $26 million toward Mascoma Corporation's proposal to develop a cellulosic fuel facility to produce ethanol from timber and grasses.
Even though cellulosic ethanol is currently not available to the consumer, Iogen has provided their brand of cellulosic ethanol fuel for a number of environmentally sound events.