INEOS Bio Facility in Florida Begins Producing Renewable Power

November 1, 2012 |

BioEnergy Center is expected to produce enough electricity to power the facility and up to 1,400 homes in the local community.

In Florida, INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project in Florida, the Indian River BioEnergy Center has now produced renewable power. The Center is using INEOS Bio’s BioEnergy technology to turn local yard, vegetative and agricultural wastes into advanced biofuels and renewable power.

The Center is expected to produce six megawatts (gross) of renewable power annually. The net export of renewable electricity is expected to power up to 1,400 homes in the Vero Beach community.

At full production, the Center is expected to produce 8 million gallons of advanced cellulosic bioethanol and six megawatts (gross) of renewable power using renewable biomass including yard, vegetative, and agricultural wastes. After the biogenic material goes through the gasification process, synthesis gas, or syngas is created. The heat recovered from the hot syngas is fed into a steam turbine and is used to generate renewable electricity. The renewable electricity powers the Center and the excess electricity is expected to power as many as 1,400 homes in the Vero Beach community.

The Center is the first large-scale project in the United States to receive registrations from the EPA for a facility using non-food vegetative waste materials (vegetative and yard waste) to produce cellulosic ethanol. Construction on the Center was completed in June 2012, and production of advanced cellulosic bioethanol is scheduled to begin in Q4. INEOS Bio has plans to run municipal solid waste at the Center after the initial start-up.

The BioEnergy Center created more than 400 direct jobs in construction, engineering and manufacturing during its development and injected more than $25 million dollars directly into the Florida economy. The Center has 60 full-time employees and provides $4 million annually in payroll to the local community.

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