Iogen ships cellulosic ethanol to Shell

By Kris Bevill | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Oct. 2, 2008 at 5:07 p.m. CST

As part of its ongoing collaboration, Ottawa-based biotechnology firm and cellulosic ethanol producer Iogen Corp. has shipped slightly more than half of a 47,000-gallon cellulosic ethanol order to oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

The two companies began working together in 2002 when Shell invested in Iogen as part of its strategy to develop next-generation biofuels. In July, the companies announced an expanded partnership which included further financial investment by Shell in exchange for a 50 percent ownership stake in Iogen's technology development subsidiary. (Read "Iogen, Shell expand partnership" for more details.)

Iogen has been producing cellulosic ethanol from wheat straw at its Ottawa demonstration facility since 2004. Lisa Meiser, marketing and communications specialist at Iogen, said the 26,000 gallons of ethanol recently shipped to Shell was taken from Iogen's fuel inventory at the Ottawa facility. Iogen expects to ship the remaining 21,000 of fuel to Shell by the end of the year, she added.

"The sale of this fuel reinforces the new commercial alliance between Shell and Iogen announced this summer," said Iogen Executive Vice President Jeff Passmore. "It is part of our focus on accelerating the deployment of next generation biofuels."

The ethanol will be used by Shell in "upcoming fuel applications." Meiser could not comment further as to what those applications might be and declined to specify where the ethanol was being shipped so as not to give away the fuel's end-application. Meiser told Biomass Magazine the companies expect to release that information "in the not so distant future."