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January 04, 2007

New York Awards $25.1 Million for Two Cellulosic Ethanol Plants

The State of New York awarded more than $25.1 million to two companies in late December to develop and construct pilot commercial cellulosic ethanol facilities within the state. Catalyst Renewables Corporation was awarded more than $10.3 million to build a facility in Lyonsdale that will produce 130,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. The new facility will be located next to the company's existing wood-fueled power plant, and will convert wood chips to ethanol using a process developed at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Mascoma Corporation was awarded $14.8 million toward its construction of a facility in the town of Greece that will produce 500,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. The Mascoma facility will produce ethanol from wood chips and paper wastes, using technical contributions from Cornell University, Clarkson University, and Genencor, a leading enzyme company. See the press releases from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, SUNY-ESF, and Mascoma (PDF 57 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Meanwhile, Canada's SunOpta Inc. has teamed up with that nation's largest ethanol fuel producer, GreenField Ethanol Inc., on a joint venture to develop and build commercial-scale processes for the production of cellulosic ethanol from wood chips. The companies plan to build a facility that will produce 10 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, although they have not set a definite timeline. See the SunOpta press release.