The wait for a cellulosic ethanol industry is getting longer, according to an earth2tech.com blog. The blog reports that it is becoming increasingly unlikely that a cellulosic ethanol industry will launch in 2009.
In 2008, there were dozens of companies racing to be the first to churn out cellulosic ethanol. Now there are just a handful of companies that have started producing the next-gen fuel on a pilot scale. Plans for commercial-scale have been largely been pushed from 2009 into 2010.
Range Fuel’s CEO David Aldous said in late March that the wood-to-ethanol company doesn’t expect its commercial-scale plant in Soperton, GA, to start producing fuel until sometime in 2010.