INEOS Bio said Wednesday that its Indian River BioEnergy Center in
Florida is now producing cellulosic ethanol at commercial
scale, with first ethanol shipments to be released in
This is the first commercial-scale production in the world
using INEOS Bio's breakthrough gasification and fermentation technology for conversion of biomass
waste into bioethanol and renewable power,
according to the company.
"We are delighted with the progress made by our team at Vero
Beach," said Peter Williams, CEO of INEOS Bio and chairman of
INEOS New Planet BioEnergy. "They have successfully addressed
the challenges of moving a new technology to large production
scale for the very first time.
"Consequently, we are now pleased to announce that we are
producing commercial quantities of bioethanol from vegetative and wood
waste, and at the same time exporting power to the local
community -- a world first," he continued. "We expect to
spend the remainder of 2013 putting the plant through its
paces, and demonstrating full nameplate capacity."
Dr. Williams noted that evidence thus far confirmed the
technical and economic viability of the technology.
"We remain convinced that the ability to divert waste materials
from communities by converting them into competitively priced
renewable fuel and power offers an excellent value
proposition," he said.
"It helps solve waste disposal issues, contributes to the
supply of affordable and renewable fuel and energy, creates
attractive jobs, and provides a sustainable source of value for
the community. We look forward to taking the next steps in
building a global business based on the broad deployment of
this advanced technology."
The BioEnergy Center is a joint venture project between INEOS Bio and New
Planet Energy. The facility has already converted several types
of waste biomass material into bioethanol, including vegetative
and yard waste, and citrus, oak, pine, and pallet wood
It will have an output of 8 million gal/year of cellulosic
ethanol and six megawatts (gross) of renewable power. The
center is also permitted to utilize municipal solid waste
(MSW), quantities of which will be used for bioethanol
production during 2014.
The biofuels produced in Florida will
anchor the new production of cellulosic ethanol under the US Renewable Fuels
Standard (RFS). INEOS Bio said it is working with other
companies and cities globally to use this technology as a new direction for
waste disposal and the production of advanced biofuels and renewable power.