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Iogen More Than Doubled Cellulosic Ethanol Production in 2009, Passes 1M Liter Mark

12 January 2010

Iogen Corporation announced that its cellulosic ethanol production in 2009 topped 581,000 liters (153,000 gallons US), more than doubling the firm’s 2008 fuel production, and surpassing the one million liter (264,000 gallons US) 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. 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.

—Brian Foody, Chief Executive Officer of Iogen

Iogen uses enzymatic hydrolysis to process biomass in preparation for fermentation and subsequent distillation to produce cellulosic ethanol. Enzyme technology is one of the key areas of Iogen’s innovation. Iogen owns and operates a large-scale enzyme manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Canada. The company’s core skills include protein engineering, enzyme expression, fermentation development, enzyme manufacturing, enzyme application engineering, and operation of enzyme-based reactions.

Iogen’s enzymes are now used in the pulp and paper, grain processing, brewing, textile and animal feed industries. Iogen’s line of enzymes for cellulosic ethanol production is currently being used in the demonstration plant. These enzymes will be available for sale in conjunction with technology licenses for the cellulosic ethanol facilities in the future.

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Aside from the sophomoric name given the CEO (remember in this world we hate businessmen) - this is a wonderful achievement. Any production of cellulosic alcohol is a good thing for achieving energy independence.

One note: why do we shy away from calling it alcohol? That is what it is. And pretending it is not alcohol is essentially infantile. Perhaps there is a political correctness I am missing.

Iogen was the big news 10 years ago. When they get it up to 1 million GALLONS and have 1000 plants then that will be news.

@Sulleny
'why do we shy away from calling it alcohol?'

Because the use of the term alcohol to refer to ethanol is both outmoded (>25 years) and ambiguous. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Organic Chemistry Division) defines a generic set of prefixes for each class (http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/iupac/class/) of organic molecule. Meth for a single carbon chain, eth for 2 carbon chain, prop for 3, but for 4, etc.

For the class of compounds known as alcohols (compounds in which a hydroxy group, -OH, is attached to a saturated carbon atom) we therefore get methanol, ethanol, propanol, butanol...

'Alcohol' is therefore a class of compound, not a specific one itself. Dawun da pub I might well use colloquial 'alcohol' to refer to my drink but in the field of green fuels we need to be more specific and distinguish our methanol fuel cell from bio-butanol petrol additive.

Call it Alcohol, Ethanol, or moonshine for all I care. It burns cleaner and is greatly superior to petroleum and all its baggage. Why all cars aren't flex fuel I just don't understand. Don't want to mandate ethanol just want to be able to choose it myself regardless of the car I like to drive.

It makes no sense to make all cars flex-fuel because there isn't enough alcohol to run them all.  If you have e.g. 30 billion gallons of EtOH in a 130 billion gallon fuel market, and it's divided between 19.3 billion gallons of E85 and 111 billion gallons of E10, less than 20% of the vehicles can be running on E85 at any one time (and even less of the total mileage).  If it costs $200 to make a vehicle flex-fuel, that's over $1000 for each vehicle actually using it.  It makes no sense to do this for the majority of the fleet.

Algebra glitch.  That should be 19.3 billion gallons of EtOH in E85 (22.7 billion gallons of E85), balance in E10.

I agree that what you call alcohol doesn't really matter as long as it does a longer, slower, cooler , less toxic BANG in the cylinder of an engine!! Do any of you know there are 35 million acres of land that FARMERS are presently being paid to grow NOTHING???!!How about lets move away from classroom discussion and endless theorizing and WORK at actually MAKING ALCOHOL !!! 35 million times about 3,000 gal/acre of ethanol from sweet sorghum juice works out to 105 BILLION gals. (for all you number crunching brainiacs out there).DOES THAT MAKE A DENT IN THE PROBLEM???!!!?? Why does everyone seem to want to make things appear impossible???IT CAN'T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THIS. Plant,grow,cut,squeeze,ferment,distill.For you people that these words aren't big enough for,GET A THESAURUS!!! And stop ruining my life!!!(p.s. Some other smarty-pants can work out the cellulosic alcohol yield from this crop, as I have worn myself out with this discussion and believe I now deserve a marguerita!!sic)

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