Coskata to open semi-commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Cellulosic ethanol company Coskata will officially unveil its demonstration plant next week in Madison, Pennsylvania, after an 18-month construction period.

The $25 million (€16.9 million) plant will allow the company to scale to 50 million gallons a year and 100 million gallons a year facilities.

Coskata employs a three-step process technology that is capable of converting multiple feedstocks including woody biomass, agricultural waste, energy crops and construction/industrial wastes into synthesis gas.

The syngas undergoes bacterial fermentation using Coskata’s proprietary microorganisms, and is converted into ethanol without using enzymes.

The ethanol produced at the facility will initially be used for testing in flexible-fuel vehicles.

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