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Genscape suggests 75 million cellulosic RINs possible in 2014
Ethanol Producer Magazine
Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, if active plants achieve full capacity in the last four months of the year, suggests a new white paper from Genscape. With ...

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Environment & Energy Publishing

Fueling your car with farm waste is right around the corner
The opening of cellulosic ethanol plants in the American Corn Belt is the next big step toward cleaner energy. Just down the road from the Wild ... It is really difficult to break out the cellulose and hemicellulose from the lignant. The lignant is ...
Cellulosic ethanol at last?Science Careers Blog (subscription)
Iowa's first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant opens in EmmetsburgSioux City Journal
US's largest cellulosic ethanol plant begins operationEnvironment & Energy Publishing
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Farm Industry News (subscription) (blog)

2nd Iowa plant makes cellulosic ethanol reality
Using fiber from the same corn kernels it already uses to create conventional ethanol will enable Quad County Corn Processors to produce 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually, CEO Delayne Johnson told about 200 visitors Tuesday at the ...
Galva ethanol plant adds cellulosic capabilityRadio Iowa
Syngenta launches new cellulosic ethanol technology, Cellerate, and QCCP ...Biobased Digest
Quad County Corn Processors hosts grand opening of cellulosic ethanol facilityFarm Industry News (subscription) (blog)
Iowa Farmer Today
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Ethanol Producer Magazine

Cellulosic ethanol production holds promise for nation
Mason City Globe Gazette
The event was a grand opening for the state's first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, a $275 million facility in Emmetsburg. The plant will produce 25 million gallons of ethanol each year from corn plant residue left in the field such as cobs ...
DuPont selects Murex as marketing partner for cellulosic ethanolEthanol Producer Magazine
DuPont Chooses Murex to Market Cellulosic EthanolDomestic Fuel
DuPont Industrial Biosciences Selects Murex LLC as Marketing Partner for ...PR Web (press release)
Midwest Producer
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Cellulosic Ethanol: Firsts, Failures, Myths and Risks
Huffington Post
We've also been told for years -- since the initial mandate or ethanol was adopted back in 2005, that cellulosic ethanol was "just around the corner." So now we have the latest "first," supposedly to be followed in short order by two others: Dupont in ...
Royal DSM quickly pivots to China after opening Project Liberty in the USBiobased Digest

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Biobased Digest

Clariant's demonstration cellulosic ethanol plant in Germany: The complete ...
Biobased Digest
In recent years — the region around Straubing turned to biotech to access the high returns in high tech for its agriculture-replete economy — and Clariant decided to build its demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant here, originally under its ...

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GranBio starts cellulosic ethanol production at 21 million gallon plant in ...
Biobased Digest
GranBio-011414-sm World's largest-known cellulosic ethanol project to date comes online in Brazil in record time. In Brazil, GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere.
GranBio begins cellulosic ethanol production in BrazilBiomass Magazine

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National Geographic

AGRIBUSINESS: Second Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens
On September 3, the country's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility opened its doors in Emmetsburg in northwest Iowa. On September 9, one of Iowa's smallest ethanol plants flipped the switch at its “bolt-on” cellulosic processing plant in ...
Country's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is in businessAgri News
Poet's Walther discusses future of company's commercial-scale cellulosic plantEnvironment & Energy Publishing
Grand Opening of New Cellulosic Ethanol PlantAutochannel (press release)
3BL Media (press release)
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OUR OPINION: Cellulosic ethanol production holds promise for nation
Sioux City Journal
On Sept. 2, from left, Royal DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma, Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Poet founder and chairman Jeff Broin cut twine from a bale of corn stover to be used in the new Poet-DSM cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Sketches of DuPont's Cellulosic Ethanol Project in Nevada, IowaAlternative Energy Stocks

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DuPont Sees Cellulosic Ethanol as Good for Brazil
Domestic Fuel
World Bio Markets Brasil Conference is taking place in Sao Paulo this week and Jan Koninckx, director of DuPont Industrial Biosciences biofuels business, told attendees about the company's offering and vision for the growth of the cellulosic ethanol ...
GranBio Begins Production of Cellulosic Ethanol at Brazil PlantBusinessweek
Brazil's first cellulosic ethanol plant opensBiofuels International
GranBio Investimentos SA, a Brazilian biotechnology company, began ...Mynextfone

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Cellulosic ethanol companies leading the industry:

  • Abengoa Constructing the world's first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Babilafuente (Salamanca), Spain using some components from SunOpta. Commissioning is expected to start in the summer of 2007. In 2006 Q4, a partnership was announced with Dyadic. Later this year, Abengoa plans to start conversion of a corn-based ethanol plant they own in York, Neb., into a bio-mass ethanol facility, which would initially use small grain straw and corn stover as the bio-mass feedstock.View or Post Comments
  • Alico In early 2007 the Dept of Energy announced it would award the company up to $33 million. The proposed plant will be in LaBelle (Hendry County), Florida. The plant will produce 13.9 million gallons of ethanol a year and 6,255 kilowatts of electric power, as well as 8.8 tons of hydrogen and 50 tons of ammonia per day. For feedstock, the plant will use 770 tons per day of yard, wood, and vegetative wastes and eventually energycane.
  • Archer Daniels Midland ADM is agressively studying how to produce cellulosic ethanol out of parts of the corn kernal that are traditionally not used for ethanol. ADM's new CEO Patricia Woertz (formerly the head of petroleum refining at Chevron) was quoted in March of 2007 saying: "We believe this process would boost our production of ethanol by 15% without requiring an additional ear of corn. Cellulosic applications such as this, on existing feedstocks, may be as little as 2 years away."
  • American Process, Inc. Inventor of AVAP technology which will be used at the Flambeau River Biorefinery project in Park Falls, WI. It will be the first modern U.S. based pulp mill biorefinery to produce cellulosic ethanol from from spent pulping liquor. Project engineering has commenced with a production of ethanol expected to begin as early as 2009.
  • BRI Energy Developed a process that uses gasification, fermentation and distillation to produce ethanol and electricity from a wide array of carbon-based wastes.
  • BlueFire Plans to use the Arkenol Technology Process (which has been used in Izumi, Japan since 2002) for creating cellulosic ethanol. View or Post Comments
  • Ceres Privately-held plant biotech company utilizing genomics technologies to develop energy crops, such as switchgrass, for cellulosic ethanol.
  • Colusa Though its stock is not for the faint of heart, the company is highly regarded by industry peers. Colusa has already harvested the rice straw which it expects to convert to ethanol when its California bio-refinery comes online in Q4 2007.
  • DuPont Partnering with Broin to bring cost-effective ethanol derived from corn stover to market. A pilot cellulosic ethanol production program is planned for South Dakota later in 2007.
  • Dyadic Spent over a decade of R&D in the design and development of enzymes for the increasingly efficient extraction of sugars from biomass. In 2006 Q4, a partnership was announced with Abengoa. View or Post Comments
  • Globex Developing supercritical fluid (SCF) which will be used along with enzymatic hydrolysis for the production of cellulosic ethanol.
  • Green Star Products Inc. Developed a waterless continuous flow process reactor system which will be used in upcoming cellulose ethanol plants planned for North Carolina and the Northwest.
  • Iogen Corp. Operates a demonstration scale facility to convert biomass to cellulose ethanol using enzymatic hydrolysis technology. Full scale commercial facilities are being planned. It is very likely they will annouce plans for an Idaho plant that will make ethanol from wheat straw.
  • Lignol Energy Corporation A western Canadian company, Lignol plans to build biorefineries for ethanol and co-products produced from Canadian forests. The Company has acquired and modified a solvent based pre-treatment technology originally developed by a subsidiary of General Electric (GE). Lignol also acquired the original GE pilot plant that is now being integrated with recently developed process capabilities to convert cellulose to ethanol.
  • Mascoma With a new CTO who spent over 10 years with SunOpta, Mascoma is developing bio and process technology for cost-effective conversion of cellulosic biomass. Khosla Ventures is a Mascoma investor.
  • Nova Fuels (maker of Novahol) Develops biomass-to-fuel conversion facilities (that use gasification technology) with joint venture partners.
  • Novozymes Developing enzymes that can convert cellulose into simple sugars, for fermentation into fuel ethanol. Has had collaboration/partnerships with Abengoa and Broin. View or Post Comments
  • Poet The Broin Companies changed their name to Poet on March 30, 2007. The largest dry mill ethanol producers in the US, Poet is collaborating with Novozymes in the research and development of cellulose ethanol technology. Poet will expand their Emmetsburg, Iowa facility to include cellulosic ethanol production from corn hulls and cobs. Completion is expected in 2009.
  • PureEnergy Developed a two-stage dilute acid hydrolysis technology process which will be used in the forthcoming Green Star Products, Inc projects.
  • Range Fuels The Colorado based company, formerly known as Kergy is funded by Khosla Ventures. It claims it can produce more cellulosic ethanol for a given amount of energy expended than is possible with any other competing process. Just as noteworthy: The design allows them to "bring systems to sources where biomass is most plentiful, instead of having to transport biomass to a central processing site." It should be known that some in the cellulosic industry tend to scoff at Range's process because they use gasification instead of fermentation. Regardless, the Dept of Energy still awarded the company up to $76 million to build a commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in the U.S. at a site near Soperton, Georgia.
  • SunOpta Built the first cellulosic ethanol plant 20 years ago, in France. Has four cellulosic ethanol projects which are or will be operational using SunOpta's technology and equipment to produce ethanol from cellulosic biomass: 1.SunOpta provided its systems and technology to China Resources Alcohol Corporation (CRAC) in September 2006 and the plant began production of ethanol from local corn stover in October 2006. 2.Key components of SunOpta's equipment and technology have recently been shipped to Spain for the start up of the Abengoa wheat straw to ethanol facility located in Salamanca, Spain. This project is expected to start up in the summer of 2007. 3.SunOpta's equipment and technology will be used in a new Celunol facility being built in Jennings, Louisiana, to produce ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and wood. This will be the first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol plant in the United States and is scheduled to start up in the summer of 2007. 4.Recently announced the formation of a Joint Venture with GreenField Ethanol Inc., Canada's largest producer of ethanol. The purpose of this Joint Venture is to design, build and jointly own and operate plants producing ethanol from wood chips. View or Post Comments
  • Verenium In June of 2007, Verenium was formed from a merger between Celunol and Diversa. Partnering with Dupont and researching multiple enzyme "cocktails" to break down cellulosic biomass. Purchased biomass-to-ethanol technology from SunOpta. The system will complement its own proprietary technology. In February 2007, Verenium broke ground on a 1.4 million gallon per year (MGY) demonstration facility located adjacent to its cellulosic pilot facility in Jennings, Louisiana. The facility is designated to operate on diverse regional feedstocks including sugarcane bagasse and specially-bred energy cane. The facility is slated for first operations in early 2008. Commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facilities are slated for completion by 2010. Khosla Ventures is a Verenium investor.
  • Virgin Fuels In September 2006, Sir Richard Branson pledged an estimated $3 billion to fight global warming. A large chunk of that is expected to be invested in cellulosic ethanol research and production.
  • Xethanol Recently announced aggressive plans for its new BlueRidgeXethanol company to begin producing cellulose ethanol in Spring Hope, NC by Feb. 2007 using acid hydrolysis. Plans to construct a 50 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Augusta, GA which would begin producing ethanol by mid-2007.

  • Sustainable BioMass Report (Nov. 2006) from
  • U.S. Dept. Energy - Biomass Program
  • U.S. Dept. Energy - Office of Science
  • National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research