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Edeniq and Pacific Ag in 5-year partnership to bring cellulosic ethanol production to corn-based ethanol plants
15 August 2013
Edeniq, a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, and Pacific Ag, a large-scale agricultural feedstock supply chain company, entered a 5-year exclusive collaboration agreement to assist existing corn-based ethanol production facilities to add cellulosic ethanol production.
There are today about 200 operating ethanol plants in the US in 28 states producing nearly 14 billion gallons annually—approximately 10% of all gasoline sold in the US. These plants rely almost exclusively on corn as a feedstock, a grain that has been subject to wide fluctuations in price and supply over the past decade, driven by competing end uses, market speculation and weather.
This collaboration holds the potential to enhance the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol production in the US. By combining Edeniq’s bolt-on production technologies for corn ethanol plants with Pacific Ag’s agricultural biomass supply capabilities, we will provide the best turnkey solution for today’s producers to economically integrate cellulosic production into their existing facilities.—Brian Thome, President and CEO of Edeniq
This collaboration agreement brings together two companies at the forefront of solving a big risk factor to commercial production of cellulosic ethanol: getting biomass from the field to the plant with maximum reliability and efficiency and successfully converting that biomass at a low per gallon capital investment for existing production facilities.—Bill Levy, founder and CEO of Pacific Ag
Edeniq has developed technologies and processes to convert cellulosic biomass to low-cost, high-purity sugars. Edeniq combines biological and mechanical processes in a capital-efficient solution that can be easily integrated into existing biorefineries. End markets include ethanol as well as other biofuels, biochemicals, and bio-based products. Edeniq currently sells or licenses its technologies to biorefineries in the US and Brazil.
Founded in 1998, PacificAg designs, builds and operates large-scale agricultural feedstock supply chains for two growing global markets: replacement of petroleum and other fossil sources in the creation of bioenergy, cellulosic biofuels, bio-based chemicals and other bio-based products; and the supply of forage crops for animal protein.
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