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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.


Henry Gibson

It should be forbidden for oil companies to enter into the bioethanol market in any way. There will never be enough bioresidues to meet any large part of the world liquid fuel markets. On the other hand no organic residues of any kind that could be made into liquid fuels should be placed into landfills. Agricultural celulostic residues should all be used to enrich the soils used for food production. Bacteria can use the energy to fix nitrogen. It is becomming clearer that charcoal from bio-residues increase the fertility of the soils dramatically and it is likely that crop residues and other celulostic materials would be better used this way. The massive profits of the oil companies in recent years allows them to dominate dangerously all energy markets. ..HG..


"It should be forbidden..." "There will never be enough..."

Glad you're not king, Henry. Fortunately, we don't live in a totalitarian society. Regulation, maybe. But forbidding oil companies to even enter the biofuel business? Come on. You just discredit yourself with statements like that. Typical loony left BS.

Price in the externalities, and then let the market figure out who wants to be in the biofuel business, whether or not there's "enough" crop waste (there is) and where we get the carbon to enrich the soil.


As the use of petroleum plummets over the next twenty five years oil companies will have to play a new energy game or get out. A good, productive play is cellulosic and waste to ethanol production. Shell could begin to alter its badly tarnished image by investing seriously in next generation liquid biofuels. Their investment would offset the oil they'll no longer sell due to electrification. Fortunately for big oil - there still is a huge demand for aerospace and diesel fuels. And algal oil to jetfuel is a breaking arena.

So far these big oils have only tipped a hat to future fuels. They might want to get a clue from GM and try to at least appear green with some high profile, biofuel projects. In the end their resource will no longer be marketable - unless they make the move to biofuels today. Good luck RDS.

Kit P

A company that is talking about doing something and then actually doing it. That is something noteworthy at GCC. Doing something to reduce ghg too”

“Because of this ability to produce both fuel and energy, the US Department of Energy life-cycle analysis states that ethanol from cellulose reduces greenhouse gases by 90% compared to gasoline.”

Excess biomass rotting in nature produces CO2, CH4, & N2O. The is no rule that says man can not use the energy that nature wastes.

There are two main differences between biofuels and electrification of POV transportation. Biofuels works and reduces ghg.


I took Iogen a while to get here, but they finally did. It is not production volume, but it is a start. The whole idea of turning wheat straw into liquid fuel was considered not really viable 5-10 years ago, now it is happening.

While I would rather gasify than use enzymes, any method that works and is cost effective is to be considered. The enzyme method can work with existing corn ethanol plants to get them to start using corn stalks instead of corn. This is good progress.


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.

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