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Edeniq, Usina Vale to construct cellulosic demonstration plant in Brazil to produce ethanol

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 November 2012

US-based biomaterials and sustainable fuels developer Edeniq and Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Usina Vale have started the construction of a bagasse-to-sugars demonstration-scale plant in São Paulo, Brazil.

The demonstration plant will produce cellulosic sugars from sugarcane bagasse, the fibrous by-product of sugarcane juice extraction with the cellulosic sugars in turn converted into ethanol.

The plant will employ Edeniq's proprietary reactor design for continuous enzymatic conversion of biomass to sugar.

Edeniq and Usina Vale are jointly funding the plant under a collaboration agreement.

Edeniq CEO Brian Thome termed its technology as the cheapest possible route to produce cellulosic sugars.

"Through this partnership with Usina Vale, we are further demonstrating our model of increasing the efficiency, scalability and sustainability of biofuels through low capital and operating cost technologies that can be integrated directly into existing ethanol production sites," added Thome.