On Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September.
A French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies.
Biochemtex and Beta Renewables recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE for the construction of a second generation ethanol plant and the annexed energy block for the generation of power and steam.
GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in Sao Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 MMly (21.66 MMgy).
The Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online.
Chempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid.
In the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, a University of California Berkeley researcher has prospected for extremophilic microbes and engineered his own cellulases.
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