Mascoma, ABF advance Michigan plant plans

By | August 04, 2008
Boston-based Mascoma Corp. is collaborating with Associate British Foods to develop advanced conversion methods for use in cellulosic ethanol production. Mascoma will focus on engineering, fermentation and process development, while ABF will work on enzyme development and management of the enzyme supply chain. The collaborative goal is a simplified saccharification and fermentation process, which will require less capital investment and lower operating costs. Mascoma recently selected Michigan as the site of its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. The company expects to have a full-scale plant operational by 2012. The exact location was not yet finalized.