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Bioethanol renewable source

The plant in Crescentino, in the province of  Vercelli, is the first in the world designed and built to produce bioethanol from agricultural waste or plants not for food use. It is a real revolution, pursued for years by many companies, even global company, operating in the energy sector.

But no other, up to now, has been able to bring the laboratory results to a real industrial-scale production.

The experiences gained in Crescentino allow the construction of similar facilities in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The project was supported by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and development.

The demand for alternatives to oil is strong for some time. The oil in the last century, led to a huge industrial revolution, economic, social and environmental. Today, the company, the regulations and the markets seek solutions to preserve the intrinsic quality of petroleum products, but at lower costs and environmental impacts.

Until now, it was possible to produce bioethanol using corn, sugarcane and other crops yet create serious conflicts between food and energy use of these varieties, with consequent negative repercussions on agricultural commodity costs. The new technology overcomes this limit, because it is able to extract bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass such as Arundo donax, the common reed or agricultural waste such as straw.