The head of Madison-based Virent sees opportunities for partnerships within the state’s dairy and paper industries as the renewable fuels business continues to develop its technology.

Virent President and General Counsel Dave Kettner discussed the company’s trajectory during a recent Wisconsin Technology Council luncheon in Madison. Its demonstration plant in Madison can transform plant-based feedstocks into various fuels and chemicals through a process called bioforming.

The fuels Virent produces are largely identical to petroleum-based fuels, and can therefore be used in existing engines without the need for modification, according to Kettner’s presentation.

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