The same month it began operating, the ZeaChem cellulosic ethanol plant in Oregon has been forced to cut workers and scale back operations due to money troubles.
At long last, ZeaChem is making ethanol at its 250,000-gallon demonstration biorefinery in northeastern Oregon, using non-food feedstocks.
Is ZeaChem the answer to cellulosic ethanol’s woes? The company’s U.S.-backed Oregon demonstration plant is finally (almost) ready to begin answering the question.
The struggling U.S. cellulosic ethanol industry gets a boost–a $232.5 million loan guarantee for an Oregon plant that will use ag waste and woody biomass.