Cellulosic ethanol plant for North Carolina
“Realizing a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant in the United States and proving that it can produce cost competitive sustainable ethanol is an important milestone in the commercialization process of advanced biofuels,” said Guido Ghisolfi, president of the Chemtex Group. “Our collaboration with Novozymes is an important aspect of this project and further validates what can be achieved when industry-leading players and technologies join forces. We believe that the plant can become a model for future cellulosic ethanol production in America, providing jobs and benefitting local economies and U.S. energy security.”
The support announced from the USDA follows a commitment of $3.9 million from USDA’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to Chemtex in June 2012. As part of the Biofuels Leadership Coalition, Novozymes and its partners have invested one billion dollars in bringing advanced biofuels technologies to market and creating associated jobs, according to the company.
Cellulosic ethanol can be produced from biomass such as wheat straw, corn stover, sugarcane bagasse, municipal waste, or energy crops, which is first broken down into a pulp. Enzymes are then added, turning the pulp into sugar which is fermented into ethanol. Novozymes is the world’s leading provider of enzymes to the biofuels industry.
Chemtex is a global engineering and technology company wholly-owned by Italy’s Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (“M&G”). Chemtex International Inc., has its North American headquarters located in Wilmington, N.C.