An Italian Groundbreaking

13 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant begins construction in Italy
By Ron Kotrba | April 25, 2011

Novozymes partner Mossi & Ghisolfi Group conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for a 13 MMgy multifeedstock cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino in northwestern Italy in April. Production is set for 2012. Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, has collaborated closely with M&G for the past couple of years and will supply the enzymes for the plant. Poul Ruben Andersen, marketing director bioenergy at Novozymes, says, “Biofuel made from lignocellulosic biomass is no longer a distant pipe-dream. The technology is ready and plants will be built and run on commercial scale, offering a compelling alternative to conventional gasoline. M&G’s plant in Crescentino will be self-sufficient in power. Lignin, a coproduct extracted from biomass during the ethanol production process, is burned in an attached power plant that also feeds excess electricity back to the grid. The plant will employ approximately 100 people and generate many more jobs in the local community. 

—Ron Kotrba