Biorefinery ships its second commercial load

American Process, Inc., announced that Alpena Biorefinery has shipped its second commercial load of ethanol and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs generated since the beginning of 2013. These are also the first ever commercial cellulosic ethanol RINs generated from woody biomass in the United States.

The Alpena Biorefinery, which employees over 30 people, receives its feedstock from Decorative Panels International. The sugar-rich feedstock is then concentrated, fermented and distilled, resulting in commercial grade ethanol. The biorefinery is forecast to produce approximately 1 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol when at capacity.

“This is a start; it is a time to be proud but not to gloat. Instead, we should do two things. First, we should send a message of encouragement to everybody in our community of biorefineries, to persevere and to overcome the many difficulties that we all face. It is difficult, takes longer than we all think, but it is possible and our industry will grow and thrive,” Theodora Retsina, founder and CEO of American Process, said in a press release. “Second, it is a time to remember and thank all the people that made this day possible. I want to recognize and thank all my colleagues at American Process whose perseverance, hard work and continuous innovation helped us arrive at this moment. At American Process we truly view every problem as an opportunity.”

Retsina expressed thanks to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm for “pioneering” the program that led to the Alpena Biorefinery being built. And she also thanked Alpena for its support.

“I want to state emphatically that the Alpena Biorefinery would not have existed without the financial support of the (Department of Energy). The Alpena Biorefinery was the winner of one of the integrated biorefinery demonstration awards from the DOE. Besides this financial commitment, the DOE employees have been with us along the way helping in many other ways, encouraging and supporting us on our journey to this day,” Retsina said.