POET, Agrivida collaborate lower cellulosic ethanol production cost

POET, Agrivida collaborate to lower cellulosic ethanol production cost

7:00 AM, 22nd August 2012
POET, Agrivida collaborate to lower cellulosic ethanol production cost

SIOUX FALLS/MEDFORD, US: POET Research Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of POET LLC and Agrivida Inc, a developer of biotechnology platforms for feedstock and feedstock processing, have signed a technology collaboration joint development agreement in the field of cellulosic ethanol. For the four-year agreement, POET and Agrivida will develop Agrivida’s technology platforms with the goal of significantly reducing the capital and operating costs of commercial cellulosic ethanol production facilities.

Agrivida will optimize its proprietary corn stover feedstock to provide POET with substantial operating cost savings. POET will evaluate and test Agrivida’s proprietary, low-severity feedstock processing technology, which is targeted to provide significant capital and operating cost savings at commercial facilities.

“If successful, Agrivida’s novel approach to increase the functionality and value delivery of corn stover will work well with other technologies being developed by POET,” said Dr Wade Robey, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer, POET.

“POET has one of the most advanced commercial cellulosic programmes in the world with strong research, development and commercial deployment capabilities. POET will be a great partner as Agrivida transitions its technology from research and development to a commercialization phase,” said Mark Wong, CEO, Agrivida.

Cellulosic bio-ethanol from corn crop residue represents a large opportunity. If the technology is deployed at POET’s network of 27 existing corn ethanol plants, it could produce up to one billion gallons of cellulosic bio-ethanol per year. Agrivida has developed its disruptive technology to produce ultra-low cost fermentable sugars from biomass at high conversion efficiencies.

In an analysis of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the US EPA projected 7.8 billion gallons of cellulosic bio-ethanol coming from corn crop residue by 2022. Beyond that, the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture have estimated that more than one billion tonne of biomass is available in America that could produce enough cellulosic bio-ethanol to replace a third of the country’s gasoline use. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that in the US as many as 350-400 new bio-refineries will have to be constructed by 2022 to meet the volume requirement of 16 billion gallons/year of cellulosic bio-ethanol.

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