For one month, starting 10 June, the regular gasoline purchased at a Shell service station in Ottawa, Ontario will contain 10% cellulosic ethanol. The biofuel is produced locally from non-food raw materials at Iogen Energy Corporation’s demonstration plant, using advanced conversion processes.
Iogen has been producing cellulosic ethanol at its Ottawa demonstration plant since 2004. Iogen and Shell are partners in the plant, which now produces 40,000 liters (10,566 gallons US) of fuel per month.
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.
Cellulosic ethanol, as an end fuel, is identical to ethanol but it can offer up to 90% less lifecycle CO2 emissions than gasoline. Shell says that it represents a key part of its strategic investment and development program in sustainable biofuels.