Cellulosic Ethanol Advances | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 43 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 27, 2014

Cellulosic Ethanol Advances

Department: Business
Keywords: cellulosic ethanol, biobased fuels, Macedonia
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Bales of corn stover head into Abengoa’s new facility.
Credit: Abengoa
Corn stover heads into Abengoa’s new cellulosic ethanol facility in Hugoton, Kan.
 
Bales of corn stover head into Abengoa’s new facility.
Credit: Abengoa

In a sign that a second-generation ethanol industry is emerging, one cellulosic ethanol plant has opened and another has licensed its technology. The Spanish firm Abengoa just opened a 25 million-gal-per-year facility in Hugoton, Kan. Built with the help of a $97 million Department of Energy grant and a $132 million government loan guarantee, the plant uses enzymatic hydrolysis to turn corn stover and other agricultural waste into ethanol. A joint-venture company of DSM and Poet opened the first U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant last month in Iowa. And DuPont expects to open a plant, also in Iowa, by the end of the year. All three companies hope to license their technology. In the first such deal, DuPont has signed an agreement with government officials in Macedonia to provide its technology for a facility there.

 
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