Ethanol Producer Magazine is reporting that ICM has completed negotiations with the Department of Energy to receive $25 million in funding for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol pilot plant.
ICM Inc. has signed a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. DOE to receive $25 million to fund the construction and operation of its cellulosic ethanol pilot and demonstration facility in St. Joseph, Mo. ICM will modify its existing dry fractionation grain-to-ethanol pilot plant located at LifeLine Foods LLC, in St. Joseph, to produce fuel ethanol from captive corn fiber and two high-impact cellulosic feedstocks, switchgrass and energy sorghum. ICM’s strategy of co-locating the cellulosic biorefinery with its existing grain-to-ethanol pilot biorefinery will efficiently accelerate pilot-scale operations and improve process economics. ICM has developed new technology and will be testing pretreatment, hydrolysis, and fermentation processes, which are the critical unit operations required for the cost effective production of ethanol from cellulosic
ICM expects this technology to be scalable for commercial applications and is contributing $6 million of its own funds as the cost-share portion for this integrated biorefinery project.
Construction is set to begin in August of this year with operations beginning in 2011.