First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Announced for Iowa Location
According to the Des Moines Register, Emmetsburg Iowa, USA will be the site of first commercial-scale, US cellulosic ethanol plant. "The Voyager Ethanol plant in Emmetsburg will be converted from a 50 million-gallon-a-year conventional corn dry mill facility into a 125 million-gallon-a-year commercial-scale biorefinery producing ethanol from not only corn but also the stalk, leaves and cobs of the corn plant..." "The $200 million plant expansion is scheduled to begin in February and take about 30 months to complete". The article also notes that Iowa currently hosts 25 ethanol plants, exhibiting an infrastructure and knowledge base that improve the prospects for additional plants to be located there in the future. Potential sticking point: project completion is contingent upon partial funding from a USDOE grant.