GraalBio Moves On Cellulosic Ethanol | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 22 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 28, 2012

GraalBio Moves On Cellulosic Ethanol

Department: Business
Keywords: Brazil, ethanol, cellulose
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Beta Renewables’ technology is also being installed at this Italian ethanol plant.
Credit: Mossi & Ghisolfi
Photo of the Italian cellulosic ethanol plan where technology from Beta Renewables, an affiliate of Mossi & Ghisolfi, is being installed.
 
Beta Renewables’ technology is also being installed at this Italian ethanol plant.
Credit: Mossi & Ghisolfi

Brazil’s GraalBio is moving forward with plans to build a 22 million-gal-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant in the northeastern Brazilian state of Alagoas. GraalBio expects the plant, the first of its kind in South America, to cost about $146 million to construct and to be completed by next year. It will convert sugarcane leftovers such as bagasse and straw into ethanol using a technology developed by Beta Renewables, an affiliate of Italy’s Mossi & Ghisolfi, that breaks down cellulose using steam, enzymes, and yeast. Novozymes will supply the enzymes.

 
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