Abengoa's pilot cellulosic ethanol plant is up and running!

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    Abengoa's pilot cellulosic ethanol plant is up and running!

    I have been keeping track of cellulosic ethanol plants in the U.S. The third one in the list is the Abengoa plant in Kansas. Abengoa is based in York, Nebraska. In preparing to open the Kansas facility, it started up a 1/100th scale pilot plant in York. Last Friday, that facility began operations:

    Turning a cellulosic corner

    YORK The emergence of cellulosic ethanol has been a long time coming a real long time.
    "I've been doing this for 30 years," said Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. "And this has always been five years away."

    But with Friday's opening of Abengoa Bioenergy's test plant for cellulosic ethanol the first such plant in Nebraska the state took a large step toward the development of a fuel source that has been hailed as the future of the ethanol industry.

    The test plant, on the site of Abengoa's 55-million-gallon-per-year starch ethanol plant northeast of York, produced its first 75-gallon batch of ethanol from wheat straw last month.

    It will be used as a 1/100th-scale pilot plant for the company's first planned commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan.
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    Abengoa, for its part, received a $17 million grant from the federal Department of Energy in 2003 to pay for half of the test plant's construction and first three years of operation, said Tom Robb, a project manager for Abengoa.

    It also received a $76.8 million federal grant toward the Kansas plant, which is scheduled to open in late 2010, Robb said.

    Several local and state officials thanked Abengoa for choosing to put its plant in York and pointed to the rural economic development the ethanol industry has sparked.

    "With cellulosic ethanol, we have another opportunity to take another giant step in relation to ethanol," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "To think that we could be out there on the cutting edge of technology, I think, is very, very important for our state."
    (No foreign flag on top of Old Glory here!)
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    Re: Abengoa's pilot cellulosic ethanol plant is up and running!

    Just bumping...

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    Re: Abengoa's pilot cellulosic ethanol plant is up and running!

    On a related note...

    Genencor Launches First Commercial Enzyme Product for Cellulosic Ethanol

    Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, introduced Accellerase 1000, the first commercially available biomass enzyme developed specifically for second generation biorefineries. Accellerase 1000 contains a complex of enzymes that reduces complex lignocellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars.

    Genencor has been developing its biomass enzymes for more than 10 years. The effort was partially supported by contracts with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

    Accellerase 1000 is the first in what the company expects to be a family of products tailored to different biomass feedstocks and system conditions. The key features that are expected to be important at commercial scale are already built into this first product.

    Benefits of Accellerase include:

    Enhanced saccharification performance on a variety of feedstocks.

    Ability to operate in simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) processes, two step sequential hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF) processes or hybrids of the two.

    High ß-glucosidase activity to minimize residual cellobiose, which may lead to a higher saccharification and ultimately to a faster ethanol fermentation. Yields may also be improved.

    Unclarified product. The remaining nutrients from enzyme production are available to the yeast in addition to the fermentable sugars produced by saccharification.

    Minimal formulation to ensure that enzyme formulation chemicals do not interfere with saccharification carbohydrate profile analysis or subsequent yeast fermentation.

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