Pacific Ethanol, Stockton LLC has entered into an agreement to install Edeniq’s Cellunators to boost ethanol yields and OilPlus corn oil extraction process to increase corn oil recovery at the company’s Stockton, California ethanol plant. (Earlier post.)
Edeniq’s Cellunator technology mills corn and other plant materials into particles of feedstock that can be more efficiently converted into the plant sugars needed to produce biofuels. OilPlus combines thermal, mechanical, and chemical treatments to improve the recovery of corn oil, a valuable co-product that can be used for feed and other bio-industrial products.
With four ethanol plants in the Western United States including California, Oregon and Idaho, Pacific Ethanol’s facilities have the combined ethanol production capacity of 200 million gallons per year. The Stockton, California plant was built in 2008 and has the capacity to produce 60 million gallons per year. Edeniq’s technology is expected to increase the facility’s ethanol yields by 2-4%.
Edeniq currently has technology agreements with six ethanol producers across the US, and Pacific Ethanol will be the company’s second plant partner in California. In addition, Edeniq owns and operates a demonstration-scale production facility in Visalia, California, which is currently converting a range of cellulosic feedstock into low-cost cellulosic sugars and cellulosic ethanol.
In June, Edeniq received a $3.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission as part of California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The grant was given to Edeniq to help fund further developments and innovative enhancements to Edeniq's proprietary cellulosic ethanol technology, enabling the low capital cost addition of cellulosic ethanol production to corn-based ethanol plants in California.