Mascoma receive $14.8 million award to build cellulosic ethanol plant

We've mentioned Mascoma a couple of times recently in relation to the cellulosic ethanol conversion technology developed by Prof. Lee Lynd at Dartmouth College that they have been set up to commercialise. The latest news is that they have received a $14.8 million award from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This will allow them to build and operate a cellulosic biomass-to-ethanol demonstration.

The proof of concept facility is set to be built in Rochester, New York pending approvals and agreements. A consortium that includes International Paper Co., Cornell University, Clarkson University, Genencor and the Natural Resources Defense Council will partner with Mascoma to support the project. The biomass feedstock required for the plant is set to be sourced from a variety of products including agricultural and/or forest waste, paper sludge, wood chips, switch grass and corn stover.


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