Beta Renewables’ 75M liter cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Italy
9 October 2013
Beta Renewables, part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group, and Novozymes marked the official opening in Northern Italy of a 75-million-liter (20-million-gallon) cellulosic ethanol plant. Situated in fields outside the city of Crescentino, it is the first plant designed and built to produce bioethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion, the partners said.
The two companies formed a strategic partnership in October 2012, making Novozymes the preferred enzyme supplier for Beta Renewables’ current and future cellulosic biofuel projects.
The plant uses wheat straw, rice straw and arundo donax, a high-yielding energy crop grown on marginal land. Lignin, a polymer extracted from biomass during the ethanol production process, is used at an attached power plant, which generates enough power to meet the facility’s energy needs, with any excess green electricity sold to the local grid.
Beta Renewables’ PROESA engineering and production technology alongside Novozymes’ Cellic enzymes represent the most cost-competitive advanced biofuels platform in existence today, the partners asserted. More than $200 million has been invested in research and development of the technology used to produce cellulosic ethanol at the Crescentino facility since 2011.
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