Australia funds pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant

By | June 03, 2009
Australia's Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has awarded $2.9 million ($2.1 million U.S.) to Ethanol Technologies Ltd. (Ethtec)—a subsidiary of forestry products company Willmott Forests Ltd.—to scale up a cellulosic ethanol process technology exclusively licensed from Apace Research Ltd. The technology originally was developed in collaboration with the University of Southern Mississippi, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the University of New South Wales. Ethtec is building a $20 million ($18.4 million U.S.) pilot-scale biorefinery in Harwood, New South Wales, to be completed in late 2010. Development of a commercial-scale plant is expected to begin in early 2011 with completion planned for late 2012.