Iogen More Than Doubles Cellulosic Ethanol Production

industrial cellulosic ethanol fermentor
Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol fermentor.

Iogen Corporation’s cellulosic ethanol production in 2009 topped 581,000 litres, more than doubling the firm’s 2008 fuel production, and surpassing the one million litre mark in cumulative production since 2004.

“This achievement is second to none. Iogen remains at the technological forefront of cellulosic ethanol development. We’ve been operating our demonstration facility since 2004, and today’s production achievement is a clear demonstration of our technology and the viability of commercial scale production,” says Brian Foody, Chief Executive Officer of Iogen. “Now that we have achieved this milestone, we will continue down a path toward growth, delivering results that enhance value for our partners, and continue to lead in the dynamic cellulosic ethanol industry.”

“This announcement is proof that Iogen is delivering on the promise of cellulosic ethanol. Advanced renewable fuels such as cellulosic ethanol will play a critical role in meeting future energy demands, and Iogen is playing a vitally important role in the commercialization of this technology,” says Gordon Quaiattini, President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable, advanced biofuel that can be used in today’s cars. It can reduce green house gas emissions (GHGs) by up to 90% compared to gasoline. It is one of the most cost effective means of reducing GHGs in transportation.

Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in cellulosic ethanol — a fully renewable transportation fuel made from agricultural residue that can be used in today’s cars. The Company has been producing cellulosic ethanol at its Ottawa demonstration plant since 2004. Iogen also develops, manufactures, and markets enzymes used to modify and improve the processing of natural fibers within the textile, animal feed, and pulp and paper industries. In operation since 1974, Iogen is a privately held company located in Ottawa, Canada.

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