October 9, 2013

Beta Renewables starts cellulosic ethanol facility

The momentum for commercial cellulosic ethanol facility start-ups is going strong and this one from Beta Renewables is considered a big one as the company opened its 25m gal/year (75m liters/year) cellulosic ethanol facility in Crescentino, Italy. The facility is claimed to be the first in the world to be designed and built to produce ethanol from agricultural residues (wheat straw and rice straw) and energy crops (Arundo Donax) at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion (via Novozymes' Cellic® enzymes).

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