BioEthanol Japan is building a full scale cellulosic ethanol plant that will use wood scraps and sawdust as the bio feedstock.
BioEthanol Japan on Tuesday became the world’s first company to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood construction waste on a commercial basis.
The plant in Osaka Prefecture has an annual capacity of 1.4 million liters (about 370,000 gallons US). In 2008, it plans to boost production to 4 million liters (1 million gallons).
BioEthanol Japan was established in 2004 by five companies, including construction firm Taisei Corp., major trading house Marubeni Corp., Daiei Inter Nature System, and beermaker Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Marubeni is supplying the process technology, which it has licensed from US-based Celunol (earlier post), to BioEthanol Japan.