Florida's First Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Plant to Begin Construction in 2009
Verenium’s demonstration-scale plant. Photo: Verenium
A bit over six months ago Cambridge, Mass.-based Verenium opened up its first demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Jennings, Louisiana (which was also, at the time, the first in the US). Now Verenium has announced that it is ready to begin construction on its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant later this year. This is what the plant will consist of:36 Million Gallon Per Year Capacity
To be located in Highlands County, Florida the proposed plant will cost between $250-300 million ($7 million of which is coming as a grant from the state of Florida). Construction of the facility is expected to take 18-24 months, and when completed have an annual capacity of 36 million gallons.
Considering that BlueFire Ethanol is planning a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility for California which is expected to come online later this year and considering that construction of the Verenium facility isn’t scheduled to being until the second half of 2009, I wonder how much this announcement is just trying to get out in front of the competition’s PR: It's all bit far off at the moment.
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