M&G Starts Work on Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Italy

Novozymes partner Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (M&G) has started construction work on its cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, north-west Italy.

The plant, which will be ten times larger than the largest demonstration facilities in operation today, will produce 13 million gallons of ethanol a year from biomass. It is scheduled to start production in 2012.

It will also be self-sufficient in power as Lignin, a co-product extracted from biomass during the ethanol production process, is burned in an attached power plant. Excess electricity will be fed back to the grid.

Cellulosic ethanol will be produced from biomass such as wheat straw, corn stover, municipal waste or energy crops.