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Chopping the Cellulosic Ethanol Down Payment: Is Less Than $100 Million for Full-scale Possible?

Then, along comes POET’s and Abengoa’s loan guarantee , Chemtex’s demonstration, commencement of construction for INEOS Bio, and ZeaChem’s demon is coming along. And now, along comes Sud-Chemie with a system that is designed to ultimately cost less than $100 million for a 20 million-gallon (60 million tonne) plant. It is targeted to deliver operating costs that are the same as first-generation ethanol. Expected to be available for licensing as soon as next year. Why, among all those pieces of news, is the news from Sud-Chemie perhaps the most game-changing? Well, who doesn’t like the idea of solar energy? Free energy from the sun, low carbon footprint. Then the bad news comes about the $50,000 or so in upfront costs for a complete home solar rooftop system. Hmmm. It’s not much different at industrial scale with cellulosic ethanol. The operating costs have come down dramati...

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