Sud-Chemie, Linde inaugurate 2nd-gen cellulosic pilot plant

07 May 2009 15:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Germany’s Sud-Chemie and Linde have inaugurated a second-generation lignocellulosic biofuels pilot plant near Munich, the companies said on Thursday.

The two tonne/year joint venture project would convert grains straws, including wheat and maize (corn) straw, into bioethanol, they said.

EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Bavaria’s economics ministers Martin Zeil attended the inauguration of the project.

The two companies planned to soon start building a larger cellulosic biofuels demonstration facility with a capacity of several thousand tonnes, they said, but did not disclose details.

Sud-Chemie is a specialty chemicals and catalysts producer while Linde is a major international industrial gases and engineering firm.

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