ICM builds its first cellulosic ethanol plant

Privately held company ICM of Colwich, Kansas, US, is to build a second generation biofuels plant after being given the green light by the US Department of Energy.

From August this year the company will begin converting an existing grain-to-ethanol plant into a cellulosic ethanol facility that will use corn fibre, switchgrass and energy sorghum.

The $25 million (€20.7 million) project will be located in St. Joseph, Missouri, and, once completed, will be ICM’s first cellulosic ethanol plant.

ICM is expected to put $6 million towards the build, which will include the plant conversion and the construction of a demonstration facility.

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