Range Fuels, Ceres collaborate

By | October 06, 2008
Colorado-based Range Fuels Inc., a cellulosic ethanol producer, and California-based Ceres Inc., an energy crop seed developer, have formally announced a collaboration to research, develop and commercialize energy crop feedstocks for ethanol production. The two companies began working together during the 2008 spring planting season and plan to continue the collaboration for several years.

Range Fuels is building its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production facility near Soperton, Ga. The 20 MMgy facility is scheduled to begin production in 2009, according to a Range Fuels spokeswoman. Woody biomass is the primary feedstock, but the spokeswoman said Range Fuels is considering other biomass feedstocks, as well, and has partnered with Ceres to explore those options.