When Coskata came out of stealth mode
in January, the company announced that a 40,000 gallon-per-year commercial demonstration plant using a proprietary microbial cellulosic ethanol
production process would be in operation by the end of 2008. Greentech Media reports
that the biofuel
start-up has begun construction on this demo plant, but we still don't know where. The location should be announced later this month, and the fuel from the plant will be used by GM
at the Milford Testing Grounds and, possibly, by NASCAR
. Coskata chief marketing officer Wes Bolsen also told Greentech Media that the tiny test lab at the company's Warrenville, Illinois location has helped double the efficiency of the ethanol-producing microorganisms since January. By late 2010-early 2011, a 100-million-gallon-per-year plant should be operational and a number of firms are bidding on the right to build it.