Biotechnology company Edeniq has announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fibre.
The two facilities, a 90 million gallon per year corn ethanol plant in Jackson, Nebraska and a 150 million gallon per year plant in Atlantic, Iowa, are owned by Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane, respectively.
By using Edeniq’s Intellulose 2.0 technology, the two plants achieved average corn kernel fibre ethanol production of 3% of total production, which is almost three times the average performance achieved with Intellulose 1.0, according to the company.
“Intellulose 2.0 is performing extremely well, and we are excited to bring the technology to more ethanol plants,” said Brian Thome, president and CEO of Edeniq. “We would also like to especially thank the teams at Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane for their collaboration and support, and the team at CARB for their communication and guidance during the evaluation process.”
“Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane are pleased to offer consumers access to low carbon liquid transportation fuels,” added Nick Bowdish, president and CEO of Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane. “We take pride in being leaders in the US ethanol industry and delivering results that satisfy both our investors and consumers. We appreciate the opportunity to work synergistically with Edeniq and CARB and will continue to make transportation fuels more environmentally friendly.”
The company’s Intellulose 2.0 technology achieves 2-4.5% cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fibre at existing ethanol plants without the need for upgrades or additional expenditure.