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Category: Cellulosic ethanol

Cellulosic ethanol is second generation of biofuels. It is derived from lignocellulosic biomass. Crop residues such as stalks and leaves, wood residues, dedicated energy crops such as Poplar, Switchgrass and Miscanthus and industrial and other wastes such as municipal solid waste and black liquor from paper and pulp industry all can be utilized for cellulosic ethanol production. The information regarding main cellulosic ethanol production processes, technologies and companies are provided in this section

LanzaTech is Turning Waste Gases of Steel Mills into Bioethanol

LanzaTech was founded in Auckland, New Zealand in 2005 and now it is headquartered in Chicago. The company has earned name through its gas fermentation process by virtue of which it turns waste gases of steel mills into bioethanol and other industrial chemicals.This Gas-to-Liquid technology has earned them a number of commercial agreements across a variety of […]

Du Pont: Producing Cellulosic Ethanol

Du Pont Biofuel Solutions employs biochemical conversion of biomass involving enzymes and fermentation to produce second generation bioethanol. The company’s headquarter is in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Feedstock Du Pont’s under construction commercial facility in Nevada, Iowa will use a range of potential biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues like corn stover, sugarcane bagasse, sugarcane straw and energy […]

Mascoma: Consolidated Bioprocessing

Mascoma is a cellulosic ethanol producer company. It also provides technology for the conversion of biomass into renewable fuela. Company’s corporate office is located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States. Mascoma has developed bioengineered yeasts for its proprietary consolidated bioprocessing technology. Feedstock Mascoma’s cellulosic ethanol pilot plant is capable of using a wide variety of materials, including […]

Consolidated Bioprocessing: QTEROS

QTEROS is Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States based cellulosic ethanol producer company. It is applying ‘Consolidated bioprocessing’ to produce ethanol through its proprietary ‘biomass to cellulosic ethanol’ conversion process which is based on its patented ‘Q Microbe®’. The company is in its early-stage. Feedstock QTEROS is focusing on biomass feedstock such as wet distillers grains and sugar […]

Bioethanol from Waste Biomass: INEOS Bio

INEOS Bio has its headquarter in Rolle, Switzerland. It attempts combination of gasification and fermentation processes to produce bioethanol from lignocellulosic waste. Feedstock The organic part of municipal solid waste,  industrial wastes and other lignocellulosic waste including bark, saw dust, wood chips, agricultural residues and energy crops are suitable for INEOS bio ethanol production technology. INEOS Bio Ethanol […]

Cellulosic Ethanol production by POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States based collaborative venture of POET, LLC and Royal DSM. The two giants of bioethanol production arena joined hands with the aim to convert corn crop residues into cellulosic ethanol at a cost competitive with corn based bioethanol production. POET has expertise in organizing feedstock, conditioning […]

Abengoa Bioenergy: Ethanol from lignocelluloses

Headquarter in Spain, Abengoa Bioenergy focuses on the development of ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass via biochemical route. Its rank is 14th in the Biofuel digest ranking of 50 hottest companies around the world related to biofuels. Lignocellulose to Ethanol: Biochemcal Conversion Technology Abengoa bioenergy utilizes lignocellulosic biomass such as corn stover and wheat straw to […]

Enerkem: Bioethanol from Municipal Solid Waste

Enerkem is Montreal, Canada based cellulosic ethanol producer company. Founded in the year 2000 it has earned reputation through its capacity to produce bioethanol thermochemically from municipal solid waste and other non recyclable wastes. Their technology  offers alternative to incineration and landfilling. Enerkem’s Waste to Cellulosic ethanol Conversion Technology Enerkem has developed thermochemical technology to convert non-recyclable […]

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Karnataka to get $50 million dollars for biofuel

In India the Karnataka States’ Biofuel Development Programme  is set to get a boost in the form of  $50 million dollars from International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The loan can be utilized in various activities such as plantation of biofuel crops and production. Biofuel Development Board of Karnataka has been active in promoting biofuels and  has established biofuel information and demonstration centres with about 100 l per day capacity in each district. These centres are being scaled up to 150-200 l capacity. The Board also owns a 500 litre biodiesel production plant at Hatti Gold Mines. The loan conditions include 1% interest with a 50-year repayment period.

China’s first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed

China's first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed between Shanghai and Beijing. The privately owned Hainan Airlines flight used biofuel made up from used cooking oil collected from the restaurants. The biofuel was supplied by China National Aviation fuel company and energy giant Sinopec. It was a Boeing 737 plane which used 50% biofuel blended in conventional jet fuel and carried more than 100 passengers to their destination.

India achieved only 1.4% ethanol blending this fiscal year

Problems between sugar mill owners and oil marketing companies have resulted in only 1.4% ethanol blending through february this fiscal year which is way less than the blending target of 5% and lesser than the last year's achieved blending level of 2%.The National Policy on Biofuels of India identifies the sugar cane molasses as the feedstock suitable under Indian conditions for ethanol production for blending purpose and that makes the sugarcane mills as the biggest suppliers of bioethanol. The high state-level levies on the biofuel and the requirement of obtaining permits from authorities have been sited as the major impediments for producing bioethanol by Sugar Mills. The government has set the selling price of ethanol for sugar mills @  Rs. 48.50/litre  if the depo of the oil marketing company is within 100 km from distillery and  @49.50/ litre  if the depo is beyond 300 km. The producers claim that the long distance transportation also reduces their margin. India needs approximately 115 crore litres of ethanol to meet the 5% target. Read more at http://www.financialexpress.com/article/markets/commodities/less-than-a-third-of-ethanol-blending-target-may-be-met/55503/