Tuesday, April 26, 2011

1st commercial cellulosic ethanol plant being built in Italy

Mossi & Ghisolfi Starts to Build Bio-Ethanol Plant

(Corrects to 40,000 to 45,000 tons in second paragraph of story published yesterday.)

Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi began building the world's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in northwestern Italy, the company said today.

The first stone for the 110 million-euro ($159 million) factory was laid today, Tortona, Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi said on the Bio Crescentino website. The refinery will produce 40,000 to 45,000 tons of ethanol a year from about 10 times that weight of a bamboo-like grass called Arundo Donax, it said.

The Crescentino project is a step toward commercializing second-generation biofuels, which aren't made from food crops, unlike conventional bio-ethanol. The plant, scheduled to open in 2012, will be 10 times the size of the largest trial facilities operating now, Novozymes A/S said in a statement.

The refinery "signals the dawn of a new green era," said Poul Ruben Andersen, marketing director of bioenergy at Bagsvaerd, Denmark-based Novozymes, which makes the enzymes needed to help create the fuel. "There is a cure for the world's addiction to fossil fuels."

Novozymes said the volume of fuel produced will amount to about 13 million gallons (50 million liters) a year.

When Arundo Donax isn't available, wheat stalks and rice husks will be used, Mossi & Ghisolfi said on the project's website. A biomass electricity plant on the same site will burn waste material to generate about 10 megawatts of electricity, according to the company.

Novozymes Chief Executive Officer Steen Riisgaard said in February that the market for cellulosic ethanol is set to ramp up from 2013, with London-based BP Plc (BP/) and Abengoa SA (ABG) of Spain planning U.S. plants by then, and refineries are also possible in Brazil and China.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net; Gelu Sulugiuc at gsulugiuc@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net.


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1 comment:

  1. M&G say break even is with oil around 80$/barrel. I wouldn't bet on oil reaching 150 any longer


Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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