Indian River BioEnergy Center Achieves Commercial Production

By Staff | September 23, 2013

Ineos Bio announced its 8 MMgy Indian River BioEnery Center in Vero Beach, Fla., began producing cellulosic ethanol at the commercial scale in late July. The first shipments of fuel from the facility were released in August. The project is a joint venture between New Plant Energy Florida LLC and Ineos Bio, a division of global chemical company Ineos. 

Commissioning of the first-of-kind facility began in June 2012. While power generation from the gasification unit became operational in November 2012, the Ineos Bio team spent much longer commissioning the continuous syngas fermentation process to produce cellulosic ethanol. 

According to Ineos Bio CEO Peter Williams, a lengthy commissioning process for this type of plant is not uncommon. “It is quite normal to have a period of learning, especially with new technology,” he said. 

While the ethanol plant has been declared to be producing at commercial scale, Dan Cummings, Ineos Bio spokesman, noted that the company will continue to debottleneck and optimize the production process. Full production capacity is expected to be realized by the end of the year.