Bioenergy

Range To Bring Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Online

Range Fuels has formed a strategic relationship with Emerson Process Management to help bring one of the first commercial cellulosic biofuels plant in the United States online.

Range Fuels selected Emerson as its main automation contractor for the new Soperton, Georgia plant, which will use non-edible biomass such as timber and wood waste generated by nearby forest industry operations to produce more than 100 million gallons of ethanol and methanol annually.

Emerson is assessing risks as well as defining protocol, engineering and automation standards that will allow Range Fuels to meet its production goals. Production at the Soperton plant is expected to begin in 2010. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Range Fuels an US $80 million loan guarantee, the first ever for a cellulosic ethanol plant.