Biofuels Digest’s 2012 Best Retrofit Award: LS9 — Okeechobee, FL

December 31, 2012 |

BD-2012-AwardsLS9’s acquisition of fermentation technology in Florida was a signature deal, from a cost point of view — in the end, between various incentives and the fact that they bought it as a distressed facility, they picked it up for almost nothing, and spending has focused on retrofitting the 12 million gallon facility to the LS9 process – for now, at the demonstration level rather than utilizing the full facility.

Even more impressive – especially given the fits and starts associated with scale-up of new fermentation technology — the demonstration scale-up underway right now. Next stop for LS9 is probably Brazil, but if the company could source affordable sugars in the US, there could be a big future for the technology closer to its San Francisco home.

READ MORE: All about the project, here. 

The Complete 2012 Biofuels Digest Awards

Best Project – Thermochemical
Best Project – Fermentation
Best Project – Hybrid
Best Project (demonstration)
Best Project (pilot)

Best Technology Extension
Best New Fuel
Best Retrofit
Process Improvement
Pretreatment Technology

Yield Improvement
Industrial Symbiosis
New Trait
New Feedstock
New Feedstock (Demonstration)

New Feedstock (Trial)
Consumer Product of the Year (biobased)
Consumer Product of the Year (biofuels)
Partnership of the Year
Special Editor’s Award – Comeback of the year

Special Editor’s Award – Sustainable technology
Book of the Year

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