NEW YORK -- GS AgriFuels Corporation announced that General Motors is providing a Chevrolet Silverado and a GC Sierra pickup truck to Clarkson University for renewable fuel research.



Clarkson professor Philip Leveson, working with ZeroPoint Clean Technology, has developed advanced biomass gasification and gas to liquids systems that allow a wide range of biomass feedstocks and municipal waste streams to be converted to carbon-neutral transportation fuel.



The technology, which can gasify virtually any plant-derived material and convert the resultant gas into electricity, valuable fuels and other chemicals, has the potential to empower every community to create its own biomass energy infrastructure. The goal of the project is to fuel the GM vehicles with 100-percent bio-derived diesel-like fuel.



Initially, the GM vehicles will operate using several blends of the biomass-derived fuel and conventional petroleum-derived diesel fuel, while monitoring energy throughput and emissions to demonstrate the performance of the system. Using facilities available through Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, Professor Philip K. Hopke and Suresh Dhaniyala will lead the energy and emissions monitoring activity.



Greg Schaffer, plant manager, GM Powertrain Massena, gave the keys to Clarkson University President Anthony Collins at a ceremony held at the campus in Potsdam.



"GM is pleased to assist Clarkson University in the further development of this important technology. We believe the project will illustrate the ability to fuel GM vehicles with economically feasible biomass fuel."



"We are thrilled with this vital support from GM. GM will expand our capabilities to convert biomass into useable fuel and assist in the advancement of alternative energy technologies," said Tony Collins. "GM is to be commended for its commitment to energy independence and global environmental stewardship."



ZeroPoint Clean Tech Inc. is a renewable energy company that deploys cutting edge biomass gasification, gas to liquids and water treatment technologies for creating carbon-neutral energy (gas, electricity, ethanol, diesel substitutes, and hydrogen), clean water and other valuable products. ZeroPoint's technology is well suited for distributed deployments, making it highly applicable to the localized nature of many global sources of biomass feedstock.



GS AgriFuels Corporation was founded to produce and sell clean fuels from agriproducts in innovative ways that efficiently leverage America's current fuel production and distribution infrastructure while empowering consumers to save money, reduce pollution and contribute to energy independence. GS AgriFuels is a majority-owned subsidiary of GreenShift Corporation, a company devoted to facilitating the efficient use of natural resources.



Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge.



General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its care and trucks in 33 countries.



SOURCE: GS AgriFuels Corporation.