FORT LAUDERDALE -- BTX Holdings Inc. has received a U.S. patent for its citrus separation technology.



BTX, a development stage company that specializes in the development and acquisition of technologies to extract useable products from biomass, acquired the patent pending in May 2005 and has waited over a year for the patent for CST to be issued.



The CST can process the citrus waste that remains after fruit is juiced. The majority of this waste is currently treated with chemicals, dried and pressed into pellets and sold as cattle feed, often at a financial loss to the juicing operation.



BTX Holdings' CST process instead extracts from the raw citrus waste a fermentable sugar syrup which can be used as a very high quality feedstock for ethanol production or as a beverage base, oils and essences for use in the flavorings and perfume industries and a dry product which has myriad uses including pectin production and food filler.



Juicing operations in the United States alone generate 3 million tons of citrus peels and pulp annually. The company estimates that the value of products extracted from this waste peel could be in excess of $500 million per year in the U.S. alone.



"Now that we have been granted the patent to this revolutionary process, we can begin our marketing and deployment efforts," said Scott Silverman, president and CEO of BTX Holdings. "We believe that the CST process will provide a solution to the increasing problem of disposing citrus juicing plant waste, while creating profit from where there is currently loss."



BTX Holdings Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, BioTex Corporation, were established in 2003 to develop and employ technologies from around the world to process biomass (plant-derived) waste, extract the usable fractions, and then use or sell those extractions in further downstream processes. Many of these waste streams have traditionally been disposed of either by dumping into landfills or by burning.



BioTex has acquired, developed or is in the process of acquiring several extraction and separation technologies which can process this waste to derive value added products, such as alternative energy feedstocks, cellulose, fiber, oils and essences, and others.



The result of processing biomass waste with BioTex technologies is the ability to specifically extract the feedstock necessary for a further downstream process, such as ethanol production, as well as using the remaining fractions for alternative uses, such as an extremely nutritive animal feed, or a base for pectin production.



SOURCE: BTX Holdings via Market Wire.