The CEO and a founding partner of New Energy Investors met with North Dakota state officials April 12 to discuss a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant the Pennsylvania company is proposing to build in Spiritwood, N.D.
Six companies have now brought cellulosic ethanol facilities online, but with widely varying costs that indicate where innovation is still needed to make next-generation biofuels competitive, according to Lux Research.
Clariant, in cooperation with Werner & Mertz, has launched a project which expands the possible applications of its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol to detergents, cleansers and cleaning agents, including Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner.
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the BioEnergy Science Center say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels.
Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal.
Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, California, facility using Edeniq Inc.'s pathway technology, which converts corn kernel fiber to fermentable sugars.