Another Cellulosic Ethanol Facility Comes Online
October 27, 2014 - Issue #202View Full Issue
Abengoa Bioenergy recently celebrated the grand opening of its 25 million gallon per year capacity cellulosic ethanol facility in Hugoton, Kansas that will produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residue (i.e. corn stover), dedicated energy crops, and prairie grasses.
“The Hugoton plant opening is the result of 10 years of technical development, roughly 40,000 hours of pilot and demonstration plant operation, and the support of the DOE,” stated Abengoa CEO Manuel Sánchez Ortega. “This is a proud and pivotal moment for Abengoa and for the larger advanced bioenergy industry – and further demonstrates our longstanding commitment to providing sustainable energy alternatives in the United States. This would have been simply impossible without the establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard.”
“Every gallon of cellulosic ethanol produced and used to fuel our vehicles reduces the impact of harmful greenhouse gas emissions by greater than 60 percent as compared to conventional gasoline,” stated Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz at the grand opening event. “The department is committed to supporting innovative technologies, from an early idea in the lab to a full, commercial-scale source of clean energy. As part of the administration’s all-of-the-above approach to homegrown American energy, the production of cellulosic ethanol creates economic opportunities for rural communities, helps diversify our energy portfolio, and moves us closer to a low-carbon energy future.”