Four cellulosic ethanol plants to start up in Iowa, US — official

23 April 2013 02:49  [Source: ICIS news]

CHICAGO (ICIS)--Iowa will have four major biorenewable and cellulosic plants starting up within the next two years, a state official said on Monday.

“As the biofuels market evolves, Iowa companies are the forefront at development [of] new facilities and new harvesting and processing technologies and providing industry insight and resources to create innovations such as cellulosic renewable chemicals,” said Kim Reynolds, the state’s lieutenant governor.

“These innovations will take projects from demonstration scale to commercialisation, and due to Iowa’s strategic advances, we have been able to attract major investments in the industry,” she said at the Bio International Convention.

US-based Poet and Dutch-based Royal DSM will start up their joint-ventured 25m gal/year cellulosic ethanol plant in 2013.

“The Emmetsburg plant is set to be the first commercial-scaled cellulosic ethanol plant [in the US],” Reynolds said.

The plant will produce cellulosic ethanol from corn crop residue, using enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation.

In the city of Nevada, US major DuPont will start up its cellulosic ethanol plant by the end of 2014, Reynolds said.

“The Iowa plant will break ground later this year and will process 1,300 tonnes/day of corn crop, feed and stocks in the 27.5m gal/year of ethanol,” Reynolds said.

Also, Fiberight’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown is expected to start up in 2013.

“Fiberight is turning waste into advanced biofuels, using municipal solid waste and converting it into cellulosic ethanol, biochemicals and other processed fibre products using propriety biochemical technology on a highly cost efficient, commercial production scale,” Reynolds said.

In addition, Green Plains Renewable Energy is converting part of its Shenandoah plant to process ethanol from algae.

“The facility first started growing algae in 2011 and is in Phase III of converting its ethanol production to accept the plant,” Reynolds said.

The Bio International Convention runs from 22 April to 24 April.

By: Tracy Dang
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