Following last July’s announcement of an extended commercial alliance with Royal Dutch Shell plc (earlier post), Iogen announced it has shipped the first 100,000 liters (26,417 gallons) of an initial 180,000 liter (47,550 gallons) cellulosic ethanol order from Shell.
The fuel, produced from wheat straw at Iogen’s Ottawa demonstration facility, is being purchased by Shell for use in upcoming fuel applications. Iogen, which produced its first cellulosic ethanol in 2004, says it views the current purchase as the first of many opportunities for Shell and Iogen to jointly showcase the technical and commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol.
In July, 2008, Shell announced a significant investment in technology development with Iogen Energy Corporation, a jointly owned development company of Shell and Iogen’s that is dedicated to advancing cellulosic ethanol. The arrangement also saw Shell increase its shareholding in Iogen Energy Corporation from 26.3% to 50%. Shell first took an equity stake in 2002. Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol is made from agriculture residues such as cereal straw and corn cobs and stalks.