EcoCeres delivers ethanol produced from agricultural waste to Europe


EcoCeres has shipped its first 100% agricultural waste-produced cellulosic ethanol to the European market. The Hong Kong-based refinery’s cellulosic ethanol will undergo alcohol-to-jet conversion processes to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and other renewable fuels.

The shipment consists of 850t of cellulosic ethanol made entirely from agricultural waste, mainly from corn cobs and straw. Philip Siu, co-founder and CEO, EcoCeres said that the announcement demonstrates that the firm’s biomass refinery platform is well positioned to meet the growing market demand and regulatory requirements for renewable transportation fuels.

This shipment of cellulosic ethanol signifies EcoCeres’ breakthrough success to reverse the lignocellulosic agricultural waste back to its original sugar forms, paving the way for sustainable aviation fuel to be produced through further alcohol-to-jet conversion,” said Siu.

According to EcoCeres, production of advanced ethanol would need to grow by 1,150% from 2021 to 2030 to reach the International Energy Agency’s net zero targets. Bin Xu, chief operating officer , Agricultural Waste, EcoCeres said that this delivery of ethanol is an important step in reaching these goals.

Our approach to producing cellulosic ethanol entirely from agricultural waste not only supports a sustainable future but also strengthens our position in the renewable fuels market,” said Xu. “Our differentiator is being able to effectively separate hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin, using each in high-value processes or end products, economically and sustainably.

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