From Biorefiningmagazine Nov 2011.....
2012 will bring many developments in biorefining
. Here is a partial list of what’s expected to happen next year.
• Ineos New Plant BioEnergy’s 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol and 6 mW biopower plant is expected to be commissioned in April.
• Solena Group Inc. is expected to begin construction on a 16 MMgy biojet fuel facility called GreenSky using Rentech’s Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuel technology platform in the U.K, with commercial operations scheduled for 2014.
• DSM N.V. and Roquette Freres have plans to build a 10-kiloton-per-year commercial biosuccinic acid plant adjacent to an existing Roquette facility in Cassano Spinola, Italy, scheduled for operation in fourth quarter.
• Cobalt Technologies and Rhodia will develop a demo plant in Brazil to produce biobased n-butanol from sugarcane bagasse. Cobalt also expects to complete its Alpena, Mich., demo plant to convert hardwood into biobased n-butanol, and the company expects to break ground on a commercial-scale facility.
• Gevo Inc. is expected to begin operations at its first commercial-scale biobutanol plant, an 18 MMgy facility co-located with a corn ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn.
• Fulcrum BioEnergy LLC recently filed for an IPO and is expected to complete construction on its 10.5 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and 16 mW biopower facility, Sierra Biofuels.
• Novozymes partner Mossi & Ghisolfi Group broke ground on a 13 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Italy this year with production planned for next.
• A joint venture between Novamont and Genomatica is working to complete a biorefinery at year’s end to produce 40 million pounds of Genomatica’s butanediol for use in Novamont’s bioplastic products.
• Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. is retrofitting a Natchez, Miss.-based 80 MMgy biodiesel plant to produce specialty chemicals for use in personal care products, detergents, plastics, and lubricants, scheduled to be operational.
• Dow Chemical Co. and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. announced a new joint venture to produce biopolymers, the first phase of which will include construction of a new sugarcane ethanol plant in Brazil, followed by building adjacent ethanol-to-ethylene and polyethylene production facilities.
• EdeniQ Inc. is developing a 2-ton-per-day cellulosic ethanol plant in Visalia, Calif., scheduled for operation in first quarter.
• Independence Bio-Products aims to expand its algae demo plant in eastern Texas into a 390-acre commercial-scale facility.
• ZeaChem Inc. is targeting development of a 25 MMgy commercial-scale facility using specialized microorganisms to convert biomass into fuel and chemical molecules.
• UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has begun construction on a pyrolysis demo plant in Hawaii that will convert forest residues, algae and other cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels. Initial production is expected to begin next year, with full operation in 2014.
• Algae technology developer Heliae Inc. recently leased land to build a small commercial algae production facility near its headquarters in Arizona. Construction is scheduled to begin.
• PepsiCo is scheduled to begin pilot-scale production of biobased polyethylene terephthalate.
• Algae.Tec Ltd. is collaborating with the Manildra Group to construct a demonstration algae facility adjacent to an ethanol plant in Australia. The project could be operation by first quarter.
• KiOR Inc. is developing an 11 MMgy renewable diesel plant in Columbus, Miss., which is scheduled to begin operations during second half of the year.