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The gap between corn-based ethanol and cellulosic ethanol production became smaller when KL Process Design Group, a Rapid City, S.D.-based ethanol plant designer and marketing firm, brought the nation’s first demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol facility on line in Upton, Wyo., in January.

The 1.5 MMgy facility, called Western Biomass Energy LLC and located one mile south of Upton, began production Jan. 5, according to Tom Slunecka, KL Process Design vice president of business development. The plant is a culmination of development efforts between KL Process Design, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the Wyoming Business Council, and the Wyoming Department of Forestry. It has the ability to operate intermittently, so while a feedstock is in the production cycle, the company can concurrently test different feedstocks in its research laboratory.

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Written by Casey McConnell

March 13, 2008 at 3:48 am

Posted in Bioenergy

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