Pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Europe

By | July 08, 2009
German manufacturer of catalysts and adsorbents Sd-Chemie AG and global engineering company The Linde Group began producing lignocellulosic ethanol at a pilot-scale facility on April 27. The plant, which is located at Sd-Chemie's research center in Munich, can produce up to 2 tons (64,000 gallons) of ethanol per year.

The production process developed by the two companies uses enzymes created by biotechnological methods to convert cereal straw into biofuel. According to a statement released by the two companies, construction of a demonstration-scale plant is expected to commence soon.