“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable …” — John Buchan, Scottish novelist and historian

Now replace the word “fishing” in this quote with “cellulosic ethanol.” For many, large-scale production of this biofuel has been far off on the horizon. But for others — especially those who have weathered the stumbling blocks on a daily basis — commercialization is ultimately attainable.

Take Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding Inc., for example. After working with farmers in central Kansas to produce feedstocks and iron out the logistics of getting them from the field to the plant, Abengoa will begin producing cellulosic ethanol early next year at its 25 million-gal.-per-year facility in Hugoton, Kan.