Lignol Files Application with U.S. Department of Energy for US$30 million grant to build Cellulosic Ethanol commercial demonstration plant in Colorado

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSX-V: LEC)
("Lignol") today announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Lignol Innovations Inc.,
has filed a formal application with the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE")
regarding a grant for US$30 million under the DOE's cellulosic ethanol and
biofuels funding program, to fund the development of a cellulosic ethanol
commercial demonstration plant in Colorado.
    Lignol has also signed a Project Development Agreement with Suncor Energy
Products Inc. and its affiliate Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) to jointly fund the
project development costs related to the DOE application.
    "This DOE funding program is seeking to identify companies that can
successfully develop biorefineries for ethanol and bio-based chemicals for
industrial applications in the United States. Working closely with our
stakeholders and industrial partners, we have developed a comprehensive
application for DOE consideration," said Ross MacLachlan, President and CEO of
    Under the cellulosic ethanol and biofuels funding program, the DOE
intends to make up to US$200 million in funding available over the next five
years to support the development of small-scale cellulosic biorefineries in
the United States. Successful applicants are expected to have their projects
operational within three to four years of DOE funding approval. The DOE
expects to announce the successful funding applicants by February 2008. For
more information on the DOE's cellulosic ethanol and biofuels funding program,
please refer to the news release titled "DOE Announces up to $200 million in
Funding for Biorefineries" via the DOE's web site at:

    About Lignol

    Lignol is a Canadian company undertaking the development of biorefineries
for the production of fuel-grade ethanol and other biochemical co-products
from cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's modified solvent based
pre-treatment technology, originally developed by a former affiliate of
General Electric, and then further developed and commercialized for wood-pulp
applications by a subsidiary of Repap Enterprises Inc., facilitates the rapid,
high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of
value-added biochemical co-products, including High Purity Lignin. Lignol is
executing on its development plan with several major companies in a strategic
partnership to further develop and integrate the core technologies on a
commercial scale. Lignol also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain,
equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with its
biorefining technology. For more information about Lignol, please visit our
website at

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For further information:

For further information: Lignol Energy Corporation: Ross MacLachlan,
President, Tel: (604) 222-9800 ext. 107, Email:; The Equicom
Group: Bruce Wigle, Investor Relations, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 228, Email:

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