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Why Make a $2 Fuel When You Can Make a $5 Chemical” – Cobalt CEO Rick Wilson

Submitted by on March 16, 2011 – 8:35 amNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …“I’m not saying that any of the companies, including us, should not be pursuing fuels. The markets are huge and the molecules work. But the country has got all its priorities screwed up. Here we are chasing fuels, which is the hardest problem to solve, instead of incentivizing or supporting companies to get into business by solving some of the easier problems first, like chemicals or other bio-based products?”

…“We are compelled to co-produce and co-locate,” Wilson told the delegates, “by the opportunities for efficiencies in sharing power, water, feedstock aggregation, land, and in accelerating projects with faster permitting. But that doesn’t mean that fully integrating a bioenergy project into a pulp & paper operation is the optimal strategy. Co-location can produce faster results.”

…“At our company, we produce n-butanol, normal butanol. …Our fermentation time is four hours, compared to 72 hours with the ABE methods. So we have the opportunity to use low-cost feedstocks such as bagasse and wood biomass, to large-value markets where we have a significant cost advantage.”

…(W)e are currently finalizing our plans for our demonstration plant. Learning what we have learned in our pilot – about sterility, handling, the operational protocols, and all those issues, not just fermentation, as we have stepped up from 60 ML bench, to 10 liter batches, and now up to 154 gallon, 267 pound per day continuous pilots, it really makes you wonder how people convince investors to go directly from pilots to commercial-scale. I think you have to demonstrate the technology at some reasonable scale-up.”

“So we’ll be operating a 470,000 gallon per year demonstration by Q1 2012, and we’ll begin signing MOUs for offtake in 2012 for our first commercial plant, which will have a 10-50 million gallon capacity.   READ MORE

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