American Process breaks ground on $32M cellulosic ethanol plant in Michigan

August 24, 2010 |

In Michigan, American Process has commenced construction on its $32 million, 0.9 Mgy wood-waste based cellulosic ethanol plant in Alpena.  The company’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was headlined last week by Governor Jennifer Granholm. The pilot-scale plant,  which will be completed by the end of 2011, has received $17.9 million in support from the DOE and $4 million from the state of Michigan.

The purpose of the project is prove in a pilot-scale the conversion of a waste stream to cellulosic ethanol, and utilizes the Decorative Panels International hardwood plant, and will result retaining 200 jobs, and adding 10 permanent jobs. Last February, Diamond Alternative Energy and American Process Energy Recovery commenced operation at a second generation biofuels demonstration plant in Thomaston, Georgia.

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