Brazil GraalBio taps Italian firm for 2G ethanol technology

23 May 2012 16:48  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazilian biofuels group GraalBio signed a license agreement with Italian biotech firm Beta Renewables to use that company's biomass technology to produce cellulosic ethanol in Brazil, the Italian group said on Wednesday.

GraalBio plans to build Brazil's first commercial plant of cellulosic ethanol, which is also called second-generation (2G) ethanol and uses non-edible feedstock as a raw material.

The plant, which will have 22m gal/year of capacity, will be located in the country's northeastern state of Alagoas, next to an existing facility that produces ethanol from sugarcane, Beta Renewables said.

The start-up of the facility is planned for 2013.

GraalBio will use Beta Renewables' PROESA cellulosic biomass process.

The technology turns non-food crops into separate streams of sugar liquids, which can then be used to produce biofuels and biochemicals, the Italian company said.

GraalBio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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