Report shows progress in cellulosic industry

By EPM Staff | January 16, 2013

The Advanced Ethanol Council has published a report profiling cellulosic biofuel projects under development in the U.S. and Canada. It also highlights efforts in China, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Spain. The paper clearly shows how much progress the industry has made since the renewable fuels standard was amended to include cellulosic biofuels 5 years ago.

The report points out that despite the global recession, the cellulosic biofuels industry has facilities and projects under development in more than 20 U.S. states. These projects represent billions of dollars in investment. As more facilities near commercial production, the cost of production continues to come down. Over the past decade, the AEC estimates that enzyme costs have been reduced by 80 percent. “Cellulosic biofuels are being produced for $2 per gallon or less today,” the organization said.