Cellulosic ethanol, its promise and possibilities, has become one of the focal points of the debate on advanced biofuels and their role in the effort to develop energy independence for America.
There are currently two big projects racing to be the first to begin commercial production of ethanol from biomass. One of them, Abengoa Bioenergy, is under construction in Hugoton. The other, a joint venture of Poet and the Dutch company DSM, is building a plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Both are scheduled to go into production the first quarter of 2014.
See below for a slideshow of photos from the Abengoa construction site in western Kansas.