Coskata Unveils Its First Feedstock Flexible Ethanol Facility

Coskata Inc. announced the successful start-up of their semi-commercial flex ethanol facility located in Madison, Pennsylvania.

Coskata’s flex ethanol facility will be producing ethanol from numerous feedstocks, including wood biomass, agricultural waste, sustainable energy crops, and construction waste. The feedstock flexible nature of the Coskata approach also allows for true geographic flexibility, meaning facilities can be built anywhere a feedstock can be sourced or delivered. Coskata’s biological fermentation technology is ethanol-specific and enzyme independent. 

“We are proud that we have successfully scaled our technology to this significant level,” said Bill Roe, president and CEO of Coskata. “This facility is demonstrating that our efficient, affordable and flexible conversion technology is ready for commercialization. The next step is to build full-scale facilities and begin licensing our technology to project developers, project financiers and strategic partners.” 

Some of the ethanol that is being produced at the facility has been delivered to the General Motors Milford Proving Grounds for early testing, as well as to another major strategic partner.

“We invested in Coskata so that we could enable the rapid deployment of commercially viable and environmentally sustainable ethanol globally,” said Bob Babik, GM vehicle emissions sirector. “We’re proud to say that we have already accepted some of Coskata’s ethanol at our Milford facility.”

Globally, General Motors has produced more than 5 million flex-fuel vehicles to date. In the U.S. there are more than 3.5 million GM flex-fuel cars and trucks on the road. For the 2010 model year, 17 E85-capable flex-fuel vehicles from the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC brands.

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