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    American cellulosic plant count: 13

    Range Fuels is building the first one in Georgia.

    Mascoma Corp. is building the second one in Michigan.

    Abengoa Bioenergy is building America's third cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas.

    Lignol applies to build America's fourth cellulosic ethanol plant in Colorado

    Florida Crystals Corp. is bulding America's fifth cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida

    Mascoma is building America's sixth cellulosic ethanol plant in Tennessee

    [9/19/07] CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mascoma Corporation, a leader in advanced low-carbon energy biotechnology, today announced that it intends to establish the country’s first operating facility producing cellulosic ethanol utilizing switchgrass as feedstock. The project represents one of the largest commitments of capital yet made in support of the cellulosic biofuels industry.

    Mascoma and The University of Tennessee plan to jointly build and operate the five million gallon per year cellulosic biorefinery. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2007 and the facility will be operational in 2009.
    Mascoma is building America's seventh cellulosic ethanol plant in New York

    [9/27/07] Mascoma has begun construction on its first facility announced in 2006, a multi-feedstock demonstration-scale biorefinery located in Rome, New York. This project is being developed in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
    Poet is building America's Eighth Cellulosic Ethanol Plant In Iowa

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (October 4, 2007) - POET and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that they have signed a cooperative agreement for a commercial cellulosic ethanol project in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
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    According to the cooperative agreement, phase one of the project will last approximately 20 months. A subsequent phase two agreement will then be negotiated to cover construction which is expected to take two years. Following construction, facility operation is expected to begin in 2011.
    Verinium is building America's Ninth Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Louisiana

    [11/04/07] Based in Massachusetts, Verenium built a small-scale plant in Jennings in 2006, and began quietly cooking about two tons of local crop waste per day into ethanol. It's one of a few pilot plants in the U.S. acting like chemistry labs for cellulosic ethanol.

    In February, Verenium broke ground on a 1.4 million gallon per-year demonstration plant right next to the pilot site. It would be the first cellulosic plant of its size in the U.S., and Verenium officials boast they're at least one year ahead of anyone else in the game.

    This new plant should be built in March and start running later next year, but is still just the second of three phases, meant to help Verenium perfect the process on their way to building a commercial-scale plant.

    That could make 25 million to 30 million gallons of ethanol per year from biomass as far away as New Iberia, if it were built in Jennings. Sites in Florida and Texas are also being considered for the large, third-phase plant.
    SunOpta signs letter of intent for America's tenth cellulosic ethanol plant in Minnesota

    [11/20/07] TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- SunOpta Inc. (SunOpta or the Company) (NasdaqGS:STKL - News) (Toronto:SOY.TO - News) today announced that SunOpta BioProcess Inc. (SBI) has signed a Letter of Intent with Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op (CMEC) of Little Falls, Minnesota to complete a feasibility analysis and engineering study leading to the parties jointly building, owning, and operating a 10 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant. The proposed operation is expected to be located adjacent to CMEC's existing 21.5 million gallon per year corn starch to ethanol plant, will use local wood chips as raw material feedstock, and is dependent upon completion of final engineering and definitive agreements.
    KL Process Design Group is already in production in the eleventh plant in Wyoming

    [1-29-08] Cellulosic ethanol is now in production at the first small scale waste wood commercial facility operating in the U.S.

    Located just 1 mile South of Upton, Wyoming, the plant was engineered, constructed and is operated by KL Process Design Group. This is the result of six years of development efforts between KL and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

    “It is now possible to economically convert discarded wood into a clean burning, sustainable alternate motor fuel” said Randy Kramer, president of KL Process Design Group
    Coskata and ICM are building the twelfth one at a location to be determined
    [2-7-08] Next generation ethanol company Coskata on Wednesday announced an agreement with ICM Inc. to design and construct a commercial ethanol plant using Coskata’s biological fermentation technology.
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    Bill Roe, president and CEO of Coskata said, “Coskata and ICM will speed the commercialization of a process that will convert biomass into advanced biofuels from a number of renewable materials, at a production cost of less than $1 a gallon.”
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    The location of the first Coskata plant will be announced at a later date, but officials say they expect the facility to open in 2010.
    AE Biofuels has started construction on the thirteenth one in Montana
    [2/19/08] CUPERTINO, Calif. - (February 19, 2008) - AE Biofuels, Inc. (OTCBB: AEBF) an advanced energy company that is developing next-generation ethanol and biodiesel production worldwide, today announced that it has begun construction of an integrated cellulose and starch ethanol commercial demonstration facility in Butte, Montana. The plant will use proven patent-pending Ambient Temperature Cellulose Starch Hydrolysis (ATCSH) enzyme technology to optimize process conditions for multiple feedstocks. Non-food ethanol feedstocks used by the facility are expected to include switch grass, grass seed straw, small grain straw, and corn stalks alone and in combination with a variety of traditional starch and sugar sources. The 9,000 square foot pilot plant facility is expected to be fully operational in the second calendar quarter of 2008.
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    Re: American cellulosic plant count: 13

    Like NASA, they are having a little bit of their product produced in every senator's district.

    Smart move.

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    Re: American cellulosic plant count: 13

    So what does this bring our yearly ethanol production number to?

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    Re: American cellulosic plant count: 13

    Quote Originally Posted by jkennedy293 View Post
    So what does this bring our yearly ethanol production number to?
    America's yearly ethanol production was about 6 billion gallons last year. But that was 99.9% corn ethanol. This thread lists cellulosic ethanol plants. Actual production of cellulosic ethanol is a drop in the bucket at this point. But as my first post shows, it is about to explode. And what you want to watch is not the actual production numbers, but whether the small amount that is being done is being done profitably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierRon View Post
    And what you want to watch is not the actual production numbers, but whether the small amount that is being done is being done profitably.
    Ok. What WILL this bring us to, once these plants are on-line?

    Ie are these all pilots, or are they going for commercial grade yet? (Hoping and praying for an Ethanol boom, so I can fill my truck up in all 50 states...)

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    HoosierRon,
    You and I disagree on a lot of things, but I really hope this stuff takes off like gangbusters, and makes the owners and investors filthy rich in the process.

    I don't know anyone with any political leanings that is against producing more of our energy inside our borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jomo View Post
    Ok. What WILL this bring us to, once these plants are on-line?

    Ie are these all pilots, or are they going for commercial grade yet? (Hoping and praying for an Ethanol boom, so I can fill my truck up in all 50 states...)
    All of the plants listed above are "pilot" sized plants (in the 10-30 million gallon per year range). If you add all of them up, you equal about the same output as a single "commercial" sized corn ethanol plant (100-150 million gallons per year). The purpose of these pilot sized plants is not to flood the market with ethanol. Rather, the purpose is to prove that the technology works on a scale larger than a laboratory test tube AND that it can be done profitably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_S View Post
    I don't know anyone with any political leanings that is against producing more of our energy inside our borders.
    I just heard a popular talk show radio host blast bio fuels today, in particular Ethanol as a "waste" and a "mistake" and "harmful to the environment".

    Anything that breaks with the status quo we've come accustomed to is going to have growing pains, and its detractors. Biofuels will need to make a steady march towards efficiency and production before they win over everyone. Thankfully there are investors willing to take the risks to make it a reality.

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    Re: American cellulosic plant count: 13

    If someone could make ethanol from cellulite they'd make a mint in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming View Post
    I just heard a popular talk show radio host blast bio fuels today, in particular Ethanol as a "waste" and a "mistake" and "harmful to the environment".

    Anything that breaks with the status quo we've come accustomed to is going to have growing pains, and its detractors. Biofuels will need to make a steady march towards efficiency and production before they win over everyone. Thankfully there are investors willing to take the risks to make it a reality.
    I agree with you 100%. The current corn based ethanol production is not ideal, but you have to start somewhere and then improve. I have heard DuPont is developing butanol technology that is very promising. The market place will efficiently allocate the capital to solve our energy problems. The market place produces better solutions, more efficiently, than government central planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Burr View Post
    If someone could make ethanol from cellulite they'd make a mint in the US.
    They can make biodiesel from chicken fat, don't see why this process would be much different. Lose a few pounds, put fuel in the tank. Win win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joemac View Post
    They can make biodiesel from chicken fat, don't see why this process would be much different. Lose a few pounds, put fuel in the tank. Win win.
    Yeah, but if you want to power your car entirely by losing weight, you'd better start out awfully fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming View Post
    I just heard a popular talk show radio host blast bio fuels today, in particular Ethanol as a "waste" and a "mistake" and "harmful to the environment".
    These type beat down ethanol so bad, you'd think someone had suggested to put square wheels on a car.

    These are the same that can't offer an alternative to the situation we have now. As if they are suggesting we do nothing.

    All the big oil lobbying and mis information being passed force feed to the public has apparently done a number on better judgment or common sense.

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    I think there are two separate issues when people start blasting ethanol. If your only issue is global warming then ethanol probably doesn't offer much. If your issue is energy independence then ethanol can offer a lot. Regardless of your political leaning or views on the environment, I would hope all Americans can realize how important energy independence is.
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    I've found that most people who put down ethanol do so from a very unenlightened position.

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