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ZeaChem inches towards commercial scale production of cellulosic chemicals and ethanol [Registered]

The US based start-up ZeaChem recently announced that it has produced commercial-grade cellulosic chemicals and ethanol at its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) biorefinery in Boardman, Ore. This demonstration facility is claimed to showcase the scalability of ZeaChem’s biorefining process and serves as a key stepping-stone toward large-scale commercial production. Similar to a petrochemical refinery that makes multiple fuels and chemicals, ZeaChem’s demonstration facility is employing its C2 (two-carbon atom) platform to produce cellulose-based ethanol and intermediate chemicals such as acetic acid and ethyl acetate. The commercial market potential for all C2 products is $485 billion. Through relatively simple processing…

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