Fulcrum Bioenergy to build MSW-to-ethanol plant
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. announced that it is advancing
next-generation ethanol production with its plans to
build one of the first commercial-scale production facilities
for converting municipal solid waste to ethanol. The
plant will process municipal solid waste, creating a
low-cost, reliable and environmentally-clean renewable
When it begins operations in early 2010, the Sierra BioFuels
plant is expected to produce approximately 10.5 million
gallons of ethanol per year, and to process nearly 90,000
tons per year of municipal solid waste that would otherwise
have been disposed of in landfills. Fulcrum BioEnergy
will design, finance, construct, own and operate the
plant, which will be located in Storey County, Nevada.
This late-stage development project is expected to cost
approximately $120 million.
The Sierra BioFuels plant is the first of several projects
that Fulcrum is currently developing across the country.
The plant will utilize gasification technology licensed
from Integrated Environmental Technologies and a licensed
proprietary catalytic technology for converting synthesis
gas to ethanol jointly developed by Nipawin Biomass Ethanol,
New Generation Co-operative Ltd., and Saskatchewan Research
Fulcrum BioEnergy is collaborating with waste hauling
and disposal companies around the country to revolutionize
the disposal of solid waste. Because Fulcrum converts
post-recycled organic waste, it adds another layer of
recovery and recycling to conventional processes. Fulcrum’s
facilities therefore do not compete or interfere with
communities’ established recycling programs.