Mississippi Facility Uses Pine Wood Chips – No Food
Pasadena, Texas-based Kior, Inc. reports initial shipments of the world’s first cellulosic biodiesel from its first commercial-scale facility in Columbus, Miss. Kior uses pine wood chips previously that previously fed a now-shuttered Columbus paper mill. Kior’s gasoline and diesel are “the first renewable hydrocarbon fuels in the U.S. manufactured at commercial scale and derived solely from non-food feedstocks to avoid competition with human food needs,” the company says.
“Unlike traditional biofuels like ethanol or biodiesel, Kior’s fuels have no compatibility issues,” Kior says. The firm (NASDAQ:KIOR) further claims the first renewable cellulosic gasoline to be registered by the U.S. EPA.
“This is a major step forward for Kior, the biofuels industry and the entire renewable fuels sector,” Kior president and CEO Fred Cannon says in a release.
“With first production at Columbus, Kior has technology with the potential to resurrect each and every shut down paper mill in the country and to replace imported oil on a cost effective basis while creating American jobs,” Cannon said.
“This facility demonstrates the efficacy of Kior’s proprietary catalytic biomass-to-fuel process with the potential to deliver cellulosic gasoline and diesel to the U.S. We are proud to be making history in Mississippi. The technology is simply scalable and we believe sufficient excess feedstock exists in the Southeast alone to build almost fifty Kior commercial scale facilities.”
Kior says too,
- that its fuels are identical to petroleum based fuels made from conventional methods and will drop in to the existing fuels infrastructure;
- that studies show that Kior fuels will have a significant reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to fossil-based fuels… comparable to or better than electric cars run off the U.S. electric grid; and
- that construction and operation of production facilities provides significant economic development in rural areas.
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Source: Kior, Inc. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up