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Cellulosic ethanol

By Chemical Engineering |

  Last month, Diversa Corp. (San Diego, Calif.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-546) and Celunol Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-547) signed a definitive merger agreement to create what is claimed as a new leader in the emerging cellulose-based ethanol industry. The combined company will be the first to posess integrated end-to-end capabilities in pretreatment, novel enzyme development, fermentation, engineering and project development. The combined company will be headquartered in Cambridge, with research and operational facilities in San Diego, Jennings, Louisiana, and Gainsville, Florida. Celunol has recently started operations of the U.S.’s first cellulosic ethanol pilot facility in Jennings, Louisiana, and expects to complete a 1.4-million gal/yr demonstration facility to produce ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and specially-bred energy cane by the end of this year. In addition, Celunol’s process technology has been licensed by Marubeni Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) and used in BioEthanol’s 1.4-million L/yr cellulosic ethanol plant in Osaka, Japan – said to be the world’s first commercial-scale plant to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood-construction waste. The combined Diversa-Celunol…
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