Range Fuels president Mitch Mandich speaks to guests at the groundbreaking ceremony. Seated to his left are Vinod Khosla (noted alternative fuels advocate and founder of Range Fuels), Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman, and Georgia governor Sonny Perdue.
The nation’s first commercialized cellulosic ethanol facility, designed to turn wood waste into fuel, is under construction and set to open later this year near Soperton, Georgia.
Range Fuels, Inc. has successfully tested close to 30 types of biomass for producing ethanol at its testing facility in Broomfield, Colorado. The commercialized facility in Georgia will use wood waste as its feedstock to produce more than 100 million gallons per year.
“Wood waste has already proven to be a feasible fuel alternative from a production and economic standpoint,” said Mitch Mandich, chief executive officer of Range Fuels.
Mandich said that unlike other methods of producing cellulosic ethanol, Range Fuels’ technology eliminates enzymes, which have been an expensive component of producing cellulosic ethanol. The company’s proprietary thermo-chemical conversion process, known as the K2 system, uses a two step process to convert biomass to fuel-grade cellulosic ethanol.
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