Terrabon Breaks Ground on Biomass Conversion Test Plant

Terrabon, LLC announced that it has broken ground on a biofuels conversion facility in Bryan, Texas, that will test the scaled-up, commercial feasibility of its MixAlco technology, which converts non-food biomass into chemicals that can be processed into ethanol and other renewable fuels.

The MixAlco technology uses non-food feedstocks such as municipal solid waste, sewage sludge, forest product residues and non-edible energy crops to create acetic acid and alcohols that can be converted into fuel. The new demonstration plant is designed to confirm the engineering for the technology on a larger scale.

The new plant, which is expected to be operational by September 2008, will have a loading capacity of 400 dry tons of biomass, which equates to a loading rate of five dry tons per day. Sorghum will be the primary feedstock with the objective of producing organic salts and converting them to ketones. Current plans call for the process to run in two separate cycles, each about 80 days in duration.

“With construction of this facility, we are one step closer to bringing cost effective, renewable energy products to consumers,” said Gary Luce, Terrabon’s CEO. “Using municipal solid waste as a feedstock at a price of US $10.00 per tonne, we believe this technology can produce fuel-grade ethanol for US $1.00 per gallon and renewable gasoline for US $1.65 per gallon for a facility processing around 300 tons per day of municipal solid waste.”

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