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World's first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels plant opens

10:46 AM MDT | October 11, 2013

Beta Renewables (Tortona, Italy) and Novozymes say that its previously announced advanced biofuels facility has opened at Crescentino, Italy. It is the first plant in the world to be designed and built to produce bioethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion, Novozymes says. Beta Renewables owns the Proesa technology, applied to the field of biofuels and chemical intermediates, and Beta Renewables manages the plant at Crescentino. Beta Renewables will produce 75 million liters/year of cellulosic ethanol from...

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