Vero Beach, Fla., facility making modifications and upgrades to meet performance metrics.
Ineos Bio has provided an update on the operations at its Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla.
"Ineos Bio’s Vero Beach facility has made significant operational progress and we are steadily moving towards stable operations in 2014 with a focus on improving performance metrics throughout next year," says David King, site director. “Bringing the facility online and up to capacity has taken longer than planned due to several unexpected start-up issues at the center. These efforts have highlighted some needed modifications and upgrades.”
King adds, “In the upcoming months we will focus on implementing these upgrades at the center as we look to continue to build its on-stream performance and reliability. We believe that performance at the facility to date has shown that, once these modifications are successfully implemented, Ineos Bio’s technology can meet and over time exceed the design technology performance metrics.
King concludes, “The efforts moving forward will continue to focus on safe operations, optimizing the technology and de-bottlenecking the plant to achieve full production capacity.”
The BioEnergy Center is a joint venture commercial demonstration project between Ineos Bio and New Planet Energy. At full capacity, the plant will have an annual output of eight million gallons of cellulosic ethanol and six megawatts of gross renewable power.