INEOS Bio produces cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale

31 July 2013 16:40 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--INEOS Bio’s Indian River BioEnergy Center in Florida is now producing cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale, the renewables subsidiary of Switzerland-based chemicals producer INEOS said on Wednesday.

INEOS Bio said the joint venture with New Planet Energy will release the first shipments in August and will spend the rest of the year demonstrating nameplate capacity of 8m gal/year of cellulosic ethanol and 7MW of renewable power.

The BioEnergy Center uses INEOS Bio’s gasification and fermentation technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from vegetative and wood waste, as well as power for the local community, the world's first facility to do both on a commercial scale, INEOS Bio said..

The facility is also permitted to utilise municipal solid wastes, which will be used for bioethanol production during 2014.

“All that we have seen so far validates the technical and economic viability of the technology,” said Peter Williams, CEO of INEOS Bio. “We remain convinced that the ability to divert waste materials from communities by converting them into competitively priced renewable fuel and power offers an excellent value proposition.”

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