California certifies 2 plants for corn kernel fiber ethanol

By Edeniq Inc., | May 13, 2019

Edeniq Inc., a leading biotechnology company that develops processes for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol, today announced that the California Air Resources Board approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. Siouxland Ethanol, a 90 MMgy corn ethanol plant located in Jackson, Nebraska, was certified on May 6 with a carbon intensity (CI) rating of 26.67 and Elite Octane, a 150 MMgy corn ethanol plant located in Atlantic, Iowa, was certified on May 7 with a CI rating of 30.32. Using Intellulose 2.0, the two plants achieved average corn kernel fiber ethanol production of 3 percent of total production, nearly triple the average performance traditionally associated with the benefits of Intellulose 1.0 that regulatory agencies had approved.

“Intellulose 2.0 is performing extremely well, and we are excited to bring the technology to more ethanol plants,” said Brian Thome, president and CEO of Edeniq. “We would also like to especially thank the teams at Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane for their collaboration and support, and the team at CARB for their communication and guidance during the evaluation process.”

“Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane are pleased to offer consumers access to low carbon liquid transportation fuels,” said Nick Bowdish, president and CEO of both companies. “We take pride in being leaders in the U.S. ethanol industry and delivering results that satisfy both our investors and consumers. We appreciate the opportunity to work synergistically with Edeniq and CARB and will continue to make transportation fuels more environmentally friendly.”

Edeniq’s Intellulose 2.0 technology typically achieves between 2 and 4.5 percent cellulosic ethanol production from the corn kernel fiber at existing corn ethanol plants without any capex requirements. The technology, which was developed over several years and underwent multiple peer reviews, measures the amount of ethanol produced from multiple different molecules present in corn kernels and quantifies the individual contribution of each component. The technology builds on Intellulose 1.0, which measures the cellulosic ethanol produced from a single corn kernel component. Seven Edeniq Intellulose 1.0 customers were previously approved by the U.S. EPA for D3 RIN generation and/or by CARB for low-CI corn kernel fiber ethanol production.