Valero Energy Corporation, the nation’s largest independent oil refiner and a leading ethanol producer, and New Hampshire-based biofuels company Mascoma Corporation have launched a joint venture to build a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in the town of Kinross on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Researchers at the University of Georgia have engineered a superior strain of yeast that can rapidly ferment ethanol from pretreated pine.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently committed itself to providing $105 million in loan guarantees to Project Liberty, an Emmetsville, Iowa-based ethanol plant which will produce cellulosic biofuel from field waste left behind after corn is harvested.
DuPont/Danisco said Wednesday it has chosen Iowa over Nebraska in which to build a cellulosic ethanol plant by 2013. The company said the plant would be in Story County or Webster County, but has not released production objectives or other details.