Southwestern Ontario seen supporting cellulosic sugar plant

September 4, 2013 |

In Canada, a value chain consortium presented their final report to local corn producers on a business case for sustaining a commercially viable cellulosic sugar plant in southwestern Ontario to support the future production of green chemicals. The objective of the study was to examine the costs associated with the harvest, aggregation and delivery of corn stalks to a commercial plant and to determine the most viable business model to enable producers to capture a greater share of the value chain while offering a commercial facility stable feedstock supply.

The study clearly demonstrated that the region could supply cornstalks and other biomass crops at competitive rates, over 250,000 tons of cornstalks could be aggregated for a cellulosic sugar facility; and, a bioprocessing cooperative model where agricultural producers are both feedstock suppliers and co-investors in the processing infrastructure was the most viable structure examined, benefiting everyone in the value chain.

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