Lignol Innovations and Suncor Energy selected for Colorado demonstration biorefinery project

20 octobre 2021 Pierre Perrin-Monlouis

DENVER – Colorado – Lignol Innovations, along with Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc., is among four companies chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy for federal funding to build small-scale demonstration biorefinery projects to help meet demand for renewable fuels. Suncor operates Colorado’s only oil refinery in Commerce City and Phillips 66 service stations throughout the state. The Department of Energy will provide up to US$30 million for the facility.

“I am pleased that Colorado continues to be a leader in helping prepare the nation for a more environmentally beneficial future,” said Gov. Bill Ritter. “We can thank forward-looking companies like Lignol Innovations and Suncor for pursuing this renewable energy project. It is a perfect fit with our recently announced Climate Action Plan.”

The planned cellulosic ethanol plant that Suncor hopes to locate at one of its Colorado properties, is expected to convert hard and soft wood residues into ethanol and commercial products.

Paul Ludwig, manager of government relations for Suncor, said: “We believe cellulosic ethanol is the next step forward in renewable fuels in light of its enhanced greenhouse gas attributes and its reliance on waste versus agricultural feedstock. Cellulosic ethanol produced through the Lignol process can also help reduce energy and water use.”

Ludwig confirmed that Suncor and Lignol are currently investigating possible locations for the demonstration plant in Colorado, including in Commerce City.


Ellen T. Cohen
State of Colorado
Office of Communications/Administration
(303) 692-2021

Lisha Burnett
Suncor Energy
(303) 286-5836

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