Ethanol Technologies Ltd (Ethtec) has secured AUD 11.9 million (USD 9m/EUR 7.6m) in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to complete a pilot plant that will demonstrate its advanced biofuel technology, ARENA said on Tuesday.

The Australian biofuel firm has developed a process for the production of bioethanol from non-food plant waste known as lignocellulosic biomass. Example feedstocks include sugarcane bagasse, forestry residues and cotton gin trash.

The pilot facility, worth AUD 30 million, is part of a AUD-48-million project and will be located in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. The project will also get AUD 11.9 million in matching funding from industry partner Jiangsu Jintongling Fluid Machinery Technology Co Ltd.

Article by Renewables Now: ARENA supports advanced biofuel pilot plant of Ethtec