Edeniq gets $3.9 million grant biofuels production

Edeniq gets $3.9 million grant for biofuels production

7:28 AM, 20th June 2012
Edeniq gets $3.9 million grant for biofuels production

VISALIA, US: Edeniq has secured a $3.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), supporting the company’s efforts to create tomorrow’s biofuel by converting plant material into clean, renewable energy. The grant is part of California’s alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology programme, which provides funding for the development of new biofuel production facilities. The grant will help fund further developments and innovative enhancements to Edeniq’s proprietary cellulosic ethanol technology, enabling the low capital cost addition of cellulosic ethanol production to corn-based ethanol plants.

These enhancements will be scaled to production levels at Edeniq’s cellulosic ethanol pilot plant, constructed in partnership with Logos Technologies Inc under a $25 million programme funded 80 per cent by the US Department of Energy. The pilot plant in Visalia, California has the capacity to convert two dry tonne per day of feedstock into cellulosic sugars and 50,000 gallons per year cellulosic ethanol.

By leveraging current industry assets, corn ethanol facilities and feedstock, Edeniq is helping evolve the facilities into integrated biorefineries with cellulosic feedstock capabilities. Edeniq’s partnerships with facilities across California and the United States create the potential for hundreds of millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol production in the near future.

“California is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as demand for petroleum. Edeniq has the same goals at the state, national and global levels. The CEC has recognized Edeniq for our ongoing innovation, awarding a grant that allows us to continue expanding both in-lab innovation and commercialization programme. Our patented technology and practical breakthroughs meet the needs of ethanol producers in this rapidly-evolving biofuels sector,” said Brian Thome, President and CEO, Edeniq.

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