Lignocellulosic technology for ethanol production, which is absolutely necessary for a meaningful ethanol industry, is starting to get some traction. Another company has made an announcement that they are going to give this technology a try. Abengoa Bioenergy, Farmacule BioIndustries, Iogen and Xethanol Corporation are other companies that have announced plans to build commercial facilities.
BioEnergy International, LLC ("BioEnergy"), a company developing proprietary technologies to produce ethanol and specialty chemicals from traditional feedstocks as well as lignocellulosics, announced that it has begun site work on its first biorefinery, a 108 million gallon per year ethanol plant located ...in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. ... The plant ... is expected to commence full-scale construction early in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Initially the plant will produce ethanol from corn using conventional technology. ... BioEnergy intends to rapidly introduce its proprietary technology to produce fuels and specialty chemicals using organic wastes such as bagasse, rice hulls and wood in addition to corn. BioEnergy has a pipeline of projects in various stages of development representing over 400 million gallons of annual ethanol production. Separately, BioEnergy has obtained exclusive licenses for novel biocatalysts and has initiated research to support commercial development of specialty chemicals utilizing these biocatalysts for introduction into the Lake Providence facility in the next several years; thus achieving its goal of becoming a world-scale biorefinery. In addition, BioEnergy has secured an exclusive research agreement with the University of Florida and Dr. Lonnie Ingram to develop proprietary technologies to produce biobased specialty chemicals (other than ethanol) from starch and cellulose derived sugars.
BioEnergy International, LLC, headquartered in Norwell, Massachusetts, is a privately held, biotechnology company focused on developing biorefineries and proprietary technologies to produce specialty chemicals and renewable fuels from both traditional feedstocks and cellulose. BioEnergy currently has two 108 million gallon per year ethanol plants under development which, over time, will utilize its proprietary technologies to produce high value specialty chemicals and renewable fuels.