Updated: 10/29/2013 11:35 PM
Created: 10/29/2013 10:36 PM WHEC.com
Imagine this, making sugar from things like woodchips.
You may not believe it's possible, but a company in Rochester is doing that very thing.
We took a tour of Sweetwater energy's new demonstration plant. The company makes sugar, from non food sources. This is not sugar you can eat.
Officials say it's a green, cutting edge technology that gets us away from using food for fuel.
CEO Arunas Chesonis explains further.
"This is one of the first demonstration plants of its kind in the world, where it takes non food crops, like the cornstalk leftover in the field or woodchips and makes sugar where you can actually use it to replace petroleum to make bio fuels or bio chemicals or bio plastics."
Chesonis says the company used a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the demonstration center, to help people remember how different parts of its system function.