M&G group start commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in 2012

M&G group to start commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in 2012

5:45 PM, 12th April 2011
M&G group to start commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in 2012
M&G headquarters in Tortona, Italy.

Novozymes partner M&G begins construction of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. The plant will produce 13 million gallons of ethanol per year from biomass. The price of the ethanol will be competitive with gasoline. 

 

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK: Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (M&G), a Novozymes partner, has broken ground on a 13 million gallons/year (50 million litre) production facility for cellulosic ethanol in Crescentino in northwestern Italy. The price of the ethanol will be competitive with gasoline. The plant will be 10 times larger than the largest demonstration facilities in operation and is designed to operate on a multitude of cellulosic feedstocks. It is scheduled to start production in 2012.

 

Cellulosic ethanol is produced from biomass such as wheat straw, corn stover, municipal waste, or energy crops, which is first broken down into a pulp. Novozymes, who has collaborated closely with M&G for the last couple of years will supply the enzymes for the plant.

 

“Laying the foundation for the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant here in Crescentino is an important milestone for us and at the same time a new beginning,” said Vittorio Ghisolfi, President, M&G Group. “This plant proves cellulosic bioethanol can be produced in a sustainable manner for the environment and for the industry. But research is not stopping here. We are assessing bio-based substitutes for a range of other petrochemical products and chemical intermediates."

 

M&G’s plant in Crescentino will be self-sufficient in power. Lignin, a co-product extracted from biomass during the ethanol production process, is burned in an attached power plant that also feeds excess electricity back to the grid.

(C) WOC News

0 Comments

Login

Your Comments (Up to 2000 characters)
Please respect our community and the integrity of its participants. WOC reserves the right to moderate and approve your comment.

Related News


UK scientists invent ‘artificial petrol’ that will cost Rs 14/litre

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: British scientists have developed a low-cost and environment-friendly “artificial petrol” which may cost around Rs ...

Read more
Artificial leaf can power households cheaply

WASHINGTON, US: The first practical ‘artificial leaf,’ an advanced, next generation solar cell as big as a poker card, can produce power f ...

Read more
Lanxess expands capacities for HNBR in Germany and US

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Lanxess is expanding its production capacities for hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) at its facilities in Leverkusen, ...

Read more
Arkema, CJ CheilJedang to build world’s first bio-methionine plant

  COLOMBES, FRANCE: Arkema has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CJ CheilJedang (CJ Group), to build a bio-methionine and thiochem ...

Read more
WBCSD guide for businesses to evaluate ecosystem services

  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recently released the Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuati ...

Read more
Makhteshim Agan acquires DuPont’s Diuron business

  Transaction underscores MAI’s strategy to deliver effective, reliable solutions to farmers globally. Product acquisition enhances MAI ...

Read more