Cellulosic biomass from agricultural, industrial, and municipal wastes to be converted to low-cost ethanol
ARLINGTON, VA, December 4, 2010 – Logos Technologies, LLC. and EdeniQ, Inc. announced today that they have been awarded a $20.4 million grant to modify and operate a pilot-scale bio-refinery plant to produce low-cost ethanol bio-fuel from cellulosic feedstock, such as corn stover and switch grass. Logos will manage the project, and EdeniQ will be responsible for the modification and operation of their existing refinery site in Visalia, CA. The project team also includes Novozymes (enzymes), Ceres (switchgrass), NextStep Biofuels (pelletized corn stover), USDA Forest Products Laboratories (yeast R&D), and U. California-Davis (greenhouse gas emissions analysis).
The project utilizes a suite of EdeniQ’s proprietary technologies: the Cellunator™ (mechanical pretreatment), advanced enzymes for conversion of cellulose to sugars, and high-yielding yeasts to ferment the sugars to ethanol. The biofuels produced through this project will reduce CO2 emissions, displace petroleum, and accelerate the industry’s ability to achieve production targets for cellulosic and advanced biofuels mandated by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Logos Technologies CEO, Dr. Greg Poe said, “Cellulose is the most abundant organic compound on Earth and is a compellingly interesting source of liquid fuels for our future transportation needs. Logos and EdeniQ are prepared to demonstrate the economic viability of this game-changing national resource for the Department of Energy.” EdeniQ CEO Larry Gross added, “We are delighted to partner with the DOE to accelerate the development and commercialization of low-cost cellulosic biofuel production. The technologies being developed by EdeniQ and Logos will dramatically reduce the time and capital required to achieve cellulosic production, by taking advantage of the billions of dollars infrastructure already deployed in today’s ethanol industry.
About Logos Technologies
Logos Technologies, LLC. is a small business serving customers across a broad range of technologies and services including biofuel research, advanced nuclear engineering, and system design and integration. Logos is aggressively developing advanced capabilities in this and other advanced methods of energy production. www.logos-technologies.com
EdeniQ develops and delivers proprietary, cutting-edge solutions for the global biofuels industry. Its solutions help biofuel producers reduce operating costs, increase profits and improve environmental results. EdeniQ is commercializing its first suites of technologies — Corn3 increases ethanol yields from corn by over 10 percent, and an analogous Eden3for the Brazilian sugar cane ethanol industry. Soon EdeniQ will enable biofuel producers to economically convert a wide range of non-food biomasses into affordable, clean fuel. EdeniQ is Changing Energy™. Learn more atwww.EdeniQ.com
E. Michael Campbell
Director, Energy Systems Division
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