INEOS Bio announced that its joint-venture project, INEOS New Planet BioEnergy (INPB) has been granted Parts 79 and 80 registration from the U.S. EPA for the production and sale of advanced bioethanol from non-food waste materials. The Center is the first commercial plant in the world using INEOS Bio's feedstock-flexible BioEnergy technology, a unique combination of gasification and fermentation technology to turn different types of waste materials – including municipal solid waste -- into advanced biofuels and renewable power. The Center is one of the first projects in the U.S. to produce advanced biofuels under the new Renewable Fuel Standard and provide renewable power for 1,400 homes in the Vero Beach community.
The notice of registration came after the successful completion of the construction of the Indian River BioEnergy Center (Center) and as the facility nears production. The Center is the first large-scale project in the United States to receive registrations for a facility using non-food vegetative waste materials (vegetative and yard waste) to produce cellulosic ethanol. Construction on the Center was completed in June and the facility is currently undergoing commissioning. The Center is scheduled to begin production of advanced bioethanol in the 3rd Quarter. When the Center is at full production, it will produce eight million gallons (24kta) of advanced bioethanol and six megawatts (gross) of renewable power annually from renewable biomass including local yard, vegetative and agricultural wastes. INEOS Bio has plans to run municipal solid waste at the Center after the initial start-up.
"We have completed this new facility on schedule and on budget and look forward to further advancing this bioenergy technology and making it commercially available around the world," said Peter Williams, CEO of INEOS Bio and Chairman of INPB. "Building more facilities and licensing this technology globally provides a new platform for waste disposal while providing energy security, local jobs and local bioenergy. New technologies like this will also move us further away from and eventually change the food-vs-fuel debate."