The US Department of Energy is putting $385m into cellulosic ethanol and will fund six cellulosic ethanol plants across the US in an bid to drive the technology forward. The goal is to fund plants and technology to produce around 130m gallons (522m litres) of ethanol/year. The story was reported on ICIS news by my good friend Joe Kamalick.
(Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said
“These biorefineries will play a critical role in helping to bring cellulosic ethanol to market, and teaching us how we can produce it in a more cost effective manner”
The lucky companies are
The DOE is to be commended for spreading its technology bets widely with technologies ranging from wood or citrus peel gasification to more currently talked about corn stover getting backing. Big chemicals/biotech hittersDuPontt and Novozymes have are partners in theBroin project and Shell is tied up with Iogen. It will be fascinating to see which technology route works best. Which do you think is the most likely to succeed?
In any case, it Looks like I’ll have to bring my mental start date for cellulosic ethanol forward by a couple of years.