Lyndhurst, England – British chemical company INEOS Bio has begun an advanced bio-ethanol feasibility study to convert locally-generated biodegradable household and commercial wastes into carbon-neutral road transport fuel and clean energy.

The £3.5 million study is being supported by a £2.2 million grant from the regional development agency One North East, and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. When completed, the feasibility study will inform an investment decision in 2010 for a commercial INEOS bio-ethanol and bio-energy plant.

“This is a very exciting project,” said Peter Williams, CEO of INEOS Bio. “Converting household organic wastes into bio-fuel and clean energy can deliver very attractive environmental and social benefits to the North East and the U.K. as a whole. Essentially, our aim is to provide bio-fuel for cars and bio-energy at competitive cost without harming the environment, with very low or zero net carbon emissions and without competing with food production.”

The heart of the technology is an anaerobic fermentation step, through which naturally-occurring bacteria convert gases directly derived from biomass into bio-ethanol. The process supports high recycling and high landfill diversion rates.

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