Volume 6, Issue 4
Published: May 7, 2012
Plant to showcase technology for worldwide use

Italy’s biofuels market started slowly. Competition from South America, and confusing EU and Italian legislation delayed growth. The industry has been struggling to meet its EU 2020 mandatory 10% biofuel use in transportation fuel target, with biodiesel production falling by more than 30% in 2011 to 500,000 tonnes, and ethanol production practically non-existent.

 

Although ethanol production reached just over 92 million litres in 2010, only a small proportion of this was used for fuel, with most of it being put towards other industrial chemicals.

 

But this is set to change. Beta Renewables, a joint venture of the Chemtex division of Gruppo Mossi and Ghisolfi (M&G) and investment firm TPG, is building a 60,000 tonne cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, Vercelli. Beta is led by Guido Ghisolfi, Vice President of M&G and CEO of Chemtex.

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