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Company aims to make cellulosic ethanol at under $1 per gallon

By Ethanol Producer Magazine | March 15, 2017

After announcing plans to purchase an aspirant cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has released a bold cost-of-production estimate after researching the economics of its patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion process.

The company’s independent research found that using corn stover as feedstock in an enzymatic conversion process has a projected cost greater than $3.50 per gallon. Alliance claims that its patented CTS process, which uses a mechanical/chemical process rather than an enzymatic one, would bring the projected cost of production down to 91 cents per gallon.

As earlier reported, Alliance is attempting to acquire an idle cellulosic ethanol plant owned by Ineos New Planet Bioenergy in Vero Beach, Florida. Alliance intends to retrofit the plant with its patented CTS process over the course of two years, switching it from a gasification/fermentation platform to a dry mechanical process.  

Ineos completed construction on the $130 million plant in 2012 and put it up for sale last year after a series of production challenges. Alliance intends to initially bring the facility online at its 8 MMgy nameplate capacity and progressively ramp up production over time.

"We have a groundbreaking solution that allows us to create the fuel we need from the waste we don't, all at a cost that is significantly cheaper for commercial purposes," said Daniel DeLiege, CEO of Alliance BioEnergy Plus. "Ultimately, consumers will pay less to be more environmentally friendly."

The company is reportedly working with the Indian River county landfill to reuse organic commercial and residential waste for ethanol production.

Alliance controls the CTS technology through a license agreement with the University of Central Florida, via its affiliate Carbolosic LLC.