Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver-based Lignol Energy Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Alberta-based Suncor Energy Projects on a cellulosic ethanol project development project. As part of the agreement, Suncor has agreed to assist Lignol with preliminary development work for a commercial demonstration cellulosic ethanol facility in Grand Junction, Colorado funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The two companies plan to progress the development of Lignol’s technology from the pilot plant stage, to the commercial demonstration plant stage, and through to the ultimate commercial deployment of the technology. It is expected that Suncor will have a controlling interest in the joint venture.

“We are delighted to continue working closely with Suncor on the scale-up of this next generation biofuels technology,” said Ross MacLachlan, president and CEO of Lignol. “Suncor’s experience in pioneering process technologies within the liquid transportation fuels sector, coupled with their expertise in deploying world scale energy projects, will be a tremendous asset in taking our technology through its evolution from pilot to commercial scale.”

Lignol has completed construction of its industrial-scale biorefinery pilot plant in Burnaby, B.C., and is currently completing a staged plant commissioning process. Once fully commissioned, Lignol will move ahead with scheduled trials to optimize current engineering designs for commercial scale plants. The facility is expected to have a production capacity of 100,000 litres of ethanol annually and will be one of only a few fully integrated cellulosic ethanol biorefineries currently operating in the world.

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