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http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/8815/plan-is-set-to-build-brazils-first-cellulosic-ethanol-plant

Plan is set to build Brazil's first cellulosic ethanol plant

 

Brazil-based GraalBio Investimentos S.A. will begin building Brazil’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant this summer in Alagaos, Brazil, a small coastal state in the northeast region of the country. Beta Renewables, a $350 million joint venture between Italian chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi Group’s Chemtex division and private investment firm TPG, has agreed to license its trademarked Proesa pretreatment process technology to GraalBio for the 22 MMgy plant, which will allow GraalBio to convert locally sourced sugarcane straw and bagasse into ethanol and lignin.

 

...The cellulosic plant will be located near an existing sugarcane mill, enabling the two facilities to share resources. Lignin produced as a byproduct at the cellulosic ethanol plant will be used to power the facility. The Brazilian Development Bank, BNDES, will finance the project, which is expected to begin operations in late 2013. ....

 

and the growth of cellulosic ethanol continues!  Keep 'em coming guys.  More like this and Brazil will be able to keep up with their growing demand, and possibly become a world exporter again...

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http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/05/graalbio-20120523.html

 

here are some more details on what they are working on down there...  sounds interesting.  Could be a way for Brazil to get off of their singe feedstock ethanol rollercoaster.  Very interesting indeed.

 

They will be using sugar can straw (leaves) and bagasse (pulp after pressing out sugar juices)... but will be switching to "energy cane" that is ...  "This cane will be developed by crossing ancestral varieties of sugarcane with selected types of grasses, resulting in a hybrid that is highly productive and has low contents of sugar and high amounts of fibers per hectare. The combination of these factors, according to the company’s technical team, should result in the most competitive biomass in the world.

 

By the end of the year, the experimental site in Alagoas will produce 100,000 (hundred thousand) seedlings by crossing different germplasm lines and will carry out continuous improvements until the achievement of the expected productivity target of 100 tons of dry mass per hectare. "

 

So the cellulose would be using traditional and readily availble feedstocks (like corn stover and or wheat straw) but would be very easily switched to totally new feedstocks in the future (like switchgrass and or miscanthus)...

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you could theoretically see these sugar/cellulose plants popping up around the globe in every sugar producing region... converting the bagasse and sugar cane straw to cellulosic ethanol... using the sugar cane for human consumption...

 

I'd look to hear a lot from these folks in the near future.  Very marketable global fuel.

 

Imagine the EU folks (assuming their economy is not about to implode) would pay good money for "green" cellulosic ethanol...

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They will do better by fixing the current problems for two years on a roll with their Sugarcane crop ,afectin sugar and ethanol prices worldwide

Introduction of SWEET SORGHUM  was suppoussed to aleviate the situation ,but so far very limited 

They need to at least double their ethanol output without disrupting the sugar market

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