The ethanol technology company Coskata (who was subject of a major announcement in conjunction with General Motors at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year) has announced a strategic alliance with ICM, Inc., a major producer of ethanol, to design and construct the first plant using Coskata's bio-process for creating non-food-based ethanol.
Although a location for the first Coskata plant has not yet been announced, the press release for this announcement indicated that this plant is expected to open in 2010. Company executives spoke of a quick drive to market with the technology when Coskata made its initial announcements in early January, and this certainly reflects that mindset.
In the meantime, we'll be watching for more information about the pilot plant Coskata is planning to set up in the nearer future, and for more information about steps in ethanol distribution. Making E85 more widely available is going to be an important part of making this technology meaningful in the overall fuel mix.
More about Coskata on EcoGeek.
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