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Verenium and Marubeni Partner on Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Thailand

Verenium Corp. and Marubeni Corp. have, pursuant to the terms of their joint development agreement, opened a 3-million liter/year cellulosic ethanol plant in Sararburi, Thailand, which utilizes Verenium’s proprietary technology.

Marubeni and Tsukishima Kikai Co., Ltd. have already incorporated Verenium’s technology into BioEthanol Japan’s 1.4 million-liter-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant in Osaka, which utilizes construction wood waste as a feedstock. (Earlier post.)

The cellulosic plant in Thailand is co-located with a facility that will produce ethanol from sugarcane-derived sucrose, which is widely abundant in the region. Sugar cane bagasse, the biomass residue from the sugar cane plant, will be the primary source of feedstock for the cellulosic facility.

We are very excited to see a second cellulosic ethanol facility move forward, as alternative, cost-competitive, and environmentally sound fuel sources are critically needed in Asia. We expect that our learnings from the Osaka facility, coupled with Verenium’s experience in the US, will help to make this plant a rapid commercial success as we look to broaden the footprint and opportunity for cellulosic ethanol in key markets across Asia.

—Toshiya Nagata, Ethanol Manager of Industrial Machinery Department

Verenium was formed in June 2007 through the merger of Diversa Corporation, a leader in enzyme technology, and Celunol Corporation, a developer of cellulosic ethanol process technologies and projects. This combination yielded an integrated, end-to-end cellulosic ethanol capability.

Verenium was recently selected by the Department of Energy to receive funding in support of its opening of a cellulosic plant in Jennings, Louisiana. (Earlier post.)



Two cellulosic waste streams put to good use. There is a large sign maker near to my home that tosses three large dumpsters full of wood waste a day. Construction sites, wood shops, mills all produce a huge stream of wood waste that needs to be turned into revenue via second gen energy processes.

Add to this grass, tree and leaf cuttings - the W2E industry could dwarf recyclable aluminum and plastic.


Visionary people, companies and countries will install cellulose biofuel plants now and everyone else will wish they had when it really hits the fan.

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