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The state of Georgia has awarded Range Fuels a construction permit to build a 100-million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant that will use wood waste from Georgia’s forests as its feedstock.

Phase 1 of the plant is scheduled to complete construction in 2008 with a production capacity of 20 million gallons a year.

Range Fuels, formerly Kergy, uses a two-step thermochemical conversion process. It first gasifies biomass waste such as wood chips, agricultural wastes, grasses, cornstalks, hog manure, municipal garbage, sawdust and paper pulp to create a syngas that it then converts catalytically to ethanol. (Earlier post.)

Range Fuels, with Governor Perdue, announced plans to build the plant on 7 February. The company was subsequently selected to negotiate for up to $76M in a grant from the Department of Energy on 28 February.



Very interesting development. Next year 20 million gallons per year capacity. This is soon and it is not a pilot project anymore. There web say they plan 1 billion gallons a year for their combined projects under development. They must be rather certain of the economics behind their technology.


I knew you could synthesize ethanol from gasifying biomass. This just shows that it can be done in a BIG way.

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