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Wish to Know More about Cellulosic Ethanol But Don't Know Where to Start?

Why should you know about cellulosic ethanol?
  • You will be exploring an alternative to one of our most precious commodities: oil.
  • You will be learning more on a feedstock that has the potential to revolutionize the world of energy.
  • You will have an early mover advantage as the industry is just about to take off.

Cellulosic biomass, a second generation biofuel feedstock, are one of the fastest growing feedstock for biofuels (especially ethanol), and present one of the most exciting possibilities as a future solution to our energy problems, especially that of transportation fuel.

Cellulosic ethanol presents an exciting business opportunity for entrepreneurs. In the last few years, activity in this field has been accelerating fast.

Why is cellulosic ethanol so exciting from a renewable energy standpoint? For a number of reasons
  1. While first generation ethanol feedstock such as corn present a food or fuel dilemma owing to the feedstock also being used for food, cellulosic ethanol uses non-food biomass such as woodchips and agricultural and plant waste, and thus does not affect the food chain.
  2. The total ethanol yields from first generation feedstock are limited owing to the choice of biomass. Total ethanol production based on Cellulosic technologies can be order of magnitudes higher than production based on traditional, starch-based ethanol.
  3. The biomass used for cellulosic ethanol is available at very low prices. With the continuous reduction in operating costs for other stages of cellulosic ethanol production, cellulosic ethanol could soon start having total costs that are competitive with starch ethanol.This presents a strong business case for cellulosic ethanol.

Cellulosic ethanol is a nascent field today, but has enormous potential for the future. The pay-offs are big, and so are the challenges. Companies that make an early start in this field stand a chance of reaping significant benefits in future.

While people around the world have heard about the cellulosic ethanol possibilities and would like to know more, few resources are available that provide in-depth details of the cellulosic ethanol industry, its potential, the status of various companies in this industry, and what the future is likely to hold for this industry.

Based on our interactions with hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and businesses who have been exploring this domain in the last few years, we realized the need for a resource that provides structured data, insights and opinion that answers the key questions in their minds.

The following are the key questions those exploring cellulosic ethanol are asking themselves
  • Should I explore cellulosic ethanol as a business opportunity?
  • Do I have the skills and resources required for an entrepreneur or business to benefit from this opportunity?
  • Do I know enough about the main risks and bottlenecks present in this domain?
  • Do I know enough about the future trends to evaluate this opportunity against other energy-related opportunities?
  • What can I learn from the performance of existing companies in the cellulosic ethanol domain?
  • What are the small scale business opportunities in cellulosic ethanol?
  • What are the various stages involved in setting up a cellulosic ethanol business venture?

To assist all those exploring this exciting domain, the Cellulosic Ethanol Division of has come out with a comprehensive report. is the premier resource for biofuels.

The Comprehensive Cellulosic Ethanol Report provides precise inputs for the following questions
  1. What is the current and future potential for the cellulosic ethanol industry?
  2. What is the real-world status of cellulosic ethanol efforts?
  3. Which are the prominent companies in this field and what are the efforts currently undertaken by them?
  4. What types of industries and companies will benefit most by investing in this field?
  5. What is the quantum of investment required in this field?
  6. What is the key success factors required to succeed in this exciting business opportunity?
  7. What types of venture capital investments are happening in this industry?
  8. What are the real bottlenecks / problems that could hamper the growth of this industry?
  9. What are the predictions for the future with regard to challenges, possibilities and breakthroughs?
  10. What are the next steps an entrepreneur should take should she/he be interested in exploring this opportunity further?

Why should you buy the Comprehensive Cellulosic Ethanol Report?
  1. It answers the most important questions that entrepreneurs, investors and businesses (small scale or large scale) have regarding cellulosic ethanol.
  2. It provides critical inputs and expert intelligence on one of the most exciting renewable energy sources.
  3. It helps you understand all aspects of the Cellulosic ethanol industry, and provides you key insights which will be invaluable in planning your venture.
  4. It has a special emphasis on providing real-life case studies, data and inputs. These will be useful for those interested in investing or starting a business in this field.
  5. It comprises intelligence and an input derived from many seminars and expert presentations, and provides insights from industry professionals worldwide.
  6. It informs you of the precise status of Cellulosic ethanol efforts
  7. It can assist you to quickly take the next steps in the cellulosic ethanol business opportunity.
  8. It has been developed by BioZio (, the leading resource for information on biofuels and plant-based products.
Balanced opinion

The goal of the Comprehensive Cellulosic Ethanol Report is to present an objective status report on the Cellulosic ethanol industry. Written by professionals who have been observing the industry for the past four years and interact continuously with all the key industry players, the Comprehensive Cellulosic Ethanol Report will assist you to clearly distinguish hype from reality.

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List of Contents

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Introduction to the Biofuel Industry

1.1.1 Biodiesel

1.1.2 First, Second and Third Generation Biodiesel Feedstock

1.1.3 Ethanol

1.1.4 First and Second Generation Ethanol Feedstock

1.2 Conventional Ethanol

1.3 Why Cellulosic Ethanol

1.4 Growth of Cellulosic Ethanol Industry

1.4.1 Cellulosic Ethanol Production - Current Status

1.4.2 Cellulosic Ethanol Production – Future Projections

  • First, Second and Third Generation Biofuels
  • Chart Showing Development of Cellulosic Ethanol Market, Legistation Vs Market
  • Current Feedstocks for Biodiesel Worldwide
  • Current Feedstocks Used for Ethanol Worldwide
  • First vs. Second-Generation Biofuels
  • Conventional Ethanol vs. Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Plants in US
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Plants in EU

2.0 Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Major Feedstock for Cellulosic Ethanol

2.3 Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Properties

2.3.1 Cellulosic Ethanol Energy Content

2.3.2 Composition of Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks

2.3.3 Inorganic Content in Cellulosic Feedstock

2.3.4 Length of Cellulose Fibers

2.3.5 Density of Cellulosic Feedstock

2.4 Cellulosic Ethanol Yield

2.4.1 Theoretical Yields per Dry Ton for Commonly Considered Biomass Feedstock

2.4.2 Yield from Energy Crops

2.5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks

  • Agricultural Residues
  • Wood fibers
  • Energy Crops
  • Municipal Waste

2.6 Availability of Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock 

2.6.1 Current Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Availability

2.6.2 Projected Future Availability of Feedstock 

2.6.3 Cellulosic Supply Projections within Study Price Ranges

2.7 Land Requirements for Biofuel Production

2.8 Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Used in Major Companies

  • Examples of Feedstock
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Properties
  • Chemical Composition of Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks
  • Inorganic Content in Cellulosic Feedstock
  • Length of Cellulose Fibers
  • Theoretical Yields per Dry Ton for Commonly Considered Biomass Feedstock
  • Yield from Energy Crops
  • Current Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Availability
  • Total Cellulosic Feedstock Availability Per Country
  • Summary of Aggregate Feedstock Projections for Countries
  • Total Cellulosic Feedstock Supply 2017(Baseline Case)
  • Cellulosic Supply Projections within Study Price Ranges (2017 Baseline Case)
  • Land Requirements for Biofuel Production
  • Land areas required for Meeting Various Biofuels Production Targets
  • List of Companies and Feedstocks Used for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

3.0 Production Methods of Cellulosic Ethanol

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Cellulosic Ethanol Production Value Chain

3.3 Primary Methods to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol

3.3.1 Biochemical Conversion Process Pre-treatment Hydrolysis

  • Acid Hydrolysis
    • Dilute Acid Hydrolysis
    • Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis
  • Enzyme Hydrolysis Fermentation Ethanol Recovery

3.3.2 Thermochemical Conversion Process Gasification Catalytic Synthesis Process

  • Feed Handling & Preparation
  • Gasification
  • Gas Cleanup & Conditioning
  • Alcohol Synthesis
  • Alcohol Separation
  • More about Catalytic Synthesis
  • Catalytic Conversion Fermentation of Syngas to Ethanol

  • Conversion
  • Distillation

3.4 Preferred Technology Route

3.5 Innovations in Production Process

3.5.1 Feedstock Innovations and Breakthroughs

3.5.2 Pretreatment Innovations and Breakthroughs

3.5.3 Production Process Innovations and Breakthroughs

3.5.4 Production Facility Innovations and Breakthroughs

3.5.5 Hydrolysis Innovations and Breakthroughs

3.5.6 Acid Hydrolysis Innovation and Breakthroughs

3.5.7 Fermentation Innovation and Breakthroughs

3.5.8 Ethanol Recovery Innovation and Breakthroughs

3.5.9 Gasification Innovation and Breakthroughs

3.5.10 Others

3.6 Cellulosic Ethanol - Probable Research & Technology Timeline

  • Schematic Diagram Showing the Entire Cellulosic Ethanol Production Value Chain.
  • Schematic Diagram of Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • Schematic Diagram of Biochemical Conversion Process
  • Diagram of Pilot-Scale Dilute-H2SO4 Pretreatment System
  • Schematic Diagram of Thermochemical Conversion Process
  • Schematic Diagram of Biomass Gasification
  • Pretreatment Methods of Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Research & Technology Timeline

4.0 Cellulosic Ethanol Production Value Chain and Companies

4.1 Introductions

4.2 Cellulosic Ethanol Process Diagram

4.3 Cellulosic Ethanol Companies and Profiles

4.3.1 Energy Crop Producing Companies

4.3.2 Enzyme Supplier

4.3.3 Cellulosic Ethanol Producers

  • Diagramatic Representation of Syntec Biofuel Inc�s Technology Process
  • Diagramatic Representation of Zeachem�s Technology Process

5.0 Cost of Cellulosic Ethanol

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Production Costs

5.2.1 Feed handling & Pretreatment Costs

5.2.2 Hydrolysis Costs

5.2.3 Fermentation Costs

5.2.4 Distillation & Drying Costs

5.2.5 Gasification/Pyrolysis Costs

5.2.6 Fermentation of Syngas Costs

5.2.7 Catalytic Conversion of Syngas Costs

5.3 Capital Costs

5.4 Costs – Targets

5.5 Cost Drivers

5.6 Cellulosic Ethanol EROI

5.7 Cellulosic Ethanol vs. Competing Fuels

5.7.1 Cost Comparison between Starch Ethanol and Cellulosic Ethanol

5.8 Commercial Prospects for Cellulosic Ethanol

  • Costs and Cost Target for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • Relative Costs Factors of Cellulosic Ethanol
  • 2nd � Generation Biofuel Cost Assumptions for 2010, 2030 and 2050
  • Production Costs Ranges for Second Generation Biofuels in 2006
  • Economic Impact of Various R & D Driven Improvements
  • Economic Drivers: Biological Processing of Lignocellulose
  • Cost Components for the Various Cellulosic Ethanol Routes
  • Summary of Levelized Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production Process Routes
  • Cost Comparison Between Starch Ethanol and Cellulosic Ethanol

6.0 Cellulosic Ethanol: Venture Capital

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Stages of Supply Chain in Which VC is Investing

6.3 Company List with VC details

6.4 Global Cellulosic ethanol funding

6.5 Venture Capital - Reference

  • DOE US Government Grants of Various Companies
  • Grants Received by Companies
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Funding
  • Investments through Strategic Partnerships
  • Funding Via IPOs
  • US Department of Energy (DOE) Funding for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

7.0 Cellulosic Ethanol Issues and Barriers

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Feedstock Production Technical Barriers

7.3 Feedstock Logistics Technical Barriers

7.4 Convertion Process Technical Challenges and Barriers

7.4.1 Thermochemical Platform Technical Challenges and Barriers

7.5 Biofuels Distribution Infrastructure Challenges and Barriers

7.5.1 Market Challenges and Barriers

7.5.2 Technical (Non-Market) Challenges/Barriers

8.0 Biofuel Apex Bodies

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