Aug 2, 2007

Ethanol company files permits to build first cellulose-to-ethanol facility

Irvine, California – BlueFire Ethanol Fuels has filed for permits with Los Angeles County to build California’s first cellulose-to-ethanol production facility. The plant will be located near Lancaster, in northern Los Angeles County.

The production facility will be located adjacent to the Lancaster landfill and will use green and wood waste streams to produce approximately 3.1 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, as well as serve as a future demonstration facility for BlueFire’s Bio-Butanol production process. To further reduce its environmental footprint, the plant will use recycled water and will meet roughly 70 per cent of its total energy needs by using the energy stored in lignin, a co-product of the process.

Through the facility, BlueFire will provide the California fuel market with its first home-grown fuels from existing cellulosic resources. Through legislation, fuel blenders can blend cellulosic ethanol at a 2.5 to 1 credit over traditional ethanol to meet their renewable fuel compliance requirements. BlueFire estimates that over 70 billion gallons of fuel-grade ethanol can be produced from the one billion tons of recoverable waste in the U.S.

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