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Coskata hits 15,000 hours making ethanol

October 15, 2011
By Business Wire

Oct 15, 2011, Madison, PA - Coskata Inc., a developer of technology for producing advanced biofuels and biochemicals from wood biomass and waste materials, achieved two operating years at their cellulosic ethanol semi-commercial plant.

According to a Business Wire report, the
facility has amassed over 15,000 run hours of operation and successfully
converted wood biomass and municipal solid waste into fuel-grade ethanol.

"The data and operating experience cultivated at this pre-commercial
scale facility has conclusively demonstrated that the Coskata technology
is ready for commercial production today," said Coskata president and
CEO Bill Roe. "With an industry leading yield of
more than 100 gallons of ethanol coming from a dry ton of wood biomass,
we look forward to working with industry partners to rapidly deploy this
leading conversion technology and help the country meet the Renewable
Fuels Standard."

The integrated biorefinery, which uses plasma gasification
technology provided by Westinghouse Plasma Corporation, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Alter NRG, was built to demonstrate the commercial
readiness of the Coskata technology. According to Coskata, it is the largest scale facility
that has utilized syngas fermentation into ethanol technology.

"The Coskata technology has shown that it can convert syngas produced by
Alter from a wide variety of feedstocks, into fuel grade ethanol," says
Alter CEO Mark Montemurro. "We are very excited about offering our
customers the option to make ethanol from syngas. The ability to
economically produce liquid transportation fuels from municipal waste in
commercial volumes is a significant shift in the choices of alternate
energy platforms and may have project development cycles shorter than
that of electric power."


The technology proven at the Pennsylvania facility will be used at the
company's first commercial-scale facility in Alabama, of which Coskata
was awarded a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee from the
United States Department of Agriculture.

The successful run time of the facility is a significant advancement for
the industry, and a tangible demonstration that cellulosic biofuels from
this advantaged process are ready to be deployed.

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