TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - GreenField Ethanol, Canada's largest ethanol
producer, today announced the appointment of Frank Dottori as Managing
Director of its Cellulosic Ethanol division. Dottori is leading the expansion
of the company's ethanol strategy to include the next generation of renewable
fuels - cellulosic ethanol derived from biomass.
"We are thrilled to have one of Canada's most accomplished business
leaders guiding our cellulosic ethanol strategy," said GreenField Ethanol
President and CEO Robert Gallant. "There is increasing public and government
support for green alternatives to fossil fuels. We believe cellulosic ethanol
will make a significant contribution toward satisfying these fuel needs."
After founding Tembec Inc. in 1972, Frank Dottori served as the company's
President and CEO from 1979 until his retirement in 2006. Under his
leadership, Tembec grew from one small pulp mill to a leading international
forest products company.
Dottori's team will follow two parallel paths toward commercializing
cellulosic ethanol in Canada. The first involves extensive laboratory research
to develop biochemical process technology for converting plant fibres into
ethanol. The second is a strategic relationship in the area of gasification -
a process that has been successful in producing ethanol from feedstocks such
as municipal waste streams and wood fibre. Dottori has chosen Bob Benson, a
chemical engineer with 40 years of R&D experience in the biofuels, biochemical
and forest products industries, to lead the company's cellulosic ethanol
research and development efforts.
"GreenField is leveraging its experience and know-how to put new ethanol
production technologies to work," said Dottori. "These are exciting times, as
we engage in highly practical research and development and build strategic
relationships to make cellulosic ethanol a commercial reality. Expect some key
announcements from us in the coming weeks."
About GreenField Ethanol
GreenField Ethanol Inc., formerly Commercial Alcohols Inc., is Canada's
leading ethanol producer. The company produces 250 million litres a year of
fuel ethanol at its plants in Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario and Varennes,
Quebec. Its largest plant to date, a 200 million litre facility in Johnstown,
Ontario, will be operational in December 2008. A 145 million litre plant is in
development in Hensall, Ontario. GreenField is actively involved in the
development of biochemical process technology to produce cellulosic ethanol at
its state of the art research facilities in Chatham, Ontario. The company has
transformed its relationship with SunOpta Inc. such that the two companies are
not currently engaging in any further research and development toward a common
goal of producing ethanol from wood, as an appropriate feedstock source has
not been identified. GreenField's ethanol is available at more than 1,500 gas
stations across Canada. For more information, visit www.greenfieldethanol.com.
Ethanol is a renewable transportation fuel made from grains such as corn
and wheat, or from the cellulose found in a wide array of plants and other
biomass. Ethanol is affordable and offers unique environmental benefits.
National Resources Canada's GH Genius model shows that corn ethanol reduces
greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 40 to 60 per cent compared to gasoline.
Cellulosic ethanol has the potential to reduce GHGs by up to 87 per cent
according to the US Department of Energy's GREET model. The federal
government's commitment to requiring gasoline to contain an average of five
per cent ethanol by 2010 will bring GHG reductions equivalent to removing one
million cars from Canada's highways each and every year.
For further information:
For further information: Melissa Armstrong, GreenField Ethanol, (416)
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