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Florida project produces U.S’s first cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale  

By Posted by Gerald Ondrey |

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) today recognized the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production at Ineos Bio’s Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida. Developed through a joint venture between Ineos Bio and New Planet Energy, the project uses a unique hybrid of gasification and fermentation technology — originally developed with DOE support starting in the 1990s — to convert wood scraps, grass clippings and other waste materials into transportation fuels as well as energy for heat and power. “Unlocking the potential for the responsible development of all of America’s rich energy resources is a critical part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy,” says Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Today’s announcement of commercial-scale cellulosic production represents an important benchmark for American leadership in this growing global industry. It also demonstrates the need for early-stage investment in innovative technologies that will help diversify our energy portfolio, reduce carbon pollution and lead to tomorrow’s energy breakthroughs.” As the President’s Climate Action Plan made clear, biofuels have…
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