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EPA awards INPB registrations for production and sale of cellulosic ethanol

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Parts 79 and 80 registration to Ineos New Planet BioEnergy (INPB), a joint venture between Ineos Bio and New Planet BioEnergy, for the production and sale of bioethanol from non-food waste materials.

This notice of registration comes as building of the Indian River BioEnergy Center has finished and is going through the commissioning phase. The facility is scheduled to begin producing bioethanol in the third quarter of this year, with full production reaching 8 million gallons a year, in addition to 6MW of renewable power generated from biomass such as local yard, vegetative and agricultural wastes.

'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,' says 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 versus fuel debate.'

The centre is the first large-scale project in the US to receive registrations for a facility producing cellulosic ethanol from non-food vegetative waste materials.