VISALIA, Calif., May 14, 2013 – Logos Technologies, LLC and partner Edeniq have successfully completed more than 1000 hours of continuous operation at their Corn‐to‐Cellulosic Migration (CCM) pilot plant in Visalia, Calif.
Employing proprietary technology developed by Edeniq, the plant converts one metric ton per day of non-food corn stover into ethanol. Performed on a commercial scale, this conversion process would result in a domestically produced, renewable and attractively priced fuel with low greenhouse gas emissions and a small carbon footprint.
“Given its size and the technology we’re demonstrating there, the CCM plant is a-one-of-a-kind facility,” said Dan Derr, the Logos Technologies biofuel program manager. “We believe that operating a pilot plant of this size is an important step toward the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol biofuel in the United States.”
Supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Technology Office, Logos Technologies managed the design, construction and 1000-hour demonstration of the CCM plant.
Located at Edeniq’s Visalia, Calif. headquarters, the facility first started producing ethanol in March 2012. Operations include innovative mechanical pretreatment, saccharification, fermentation, distillation, liquids-solids separation and integrated process water recycling.
Edeniq contributed innovative, enabling technology including the Cellunator® for mechanical pretreatment and advanced saccharification and fermentation biochemistry.
“The Edeniq-Logos Technologies partnership has brought together advanced biofuel processing capabilities with experienced program management,” said Tom Griffin, Chief Technology Officer at Edeniq. “It’s a teaming arrangement that has definitely paid off for Edeniq, allowing us to showcase innovative cellulosic ethanol technology and mature, highly reliable production operations — both enabled by our synergistic working relationship with Logos.”
The next steps, said Derr, are to commercialize technology successfully demonstrated at the CCM plant and develop other advanced concepts with the aim of initiating large-scale cellulosic facilities.
About Logos Technologies
Founded in 1996, Logos Technologies, LLC is a diversified defense and energy company specializing in the fields of biofuel research, lasers, advanced nuclear engineering, cyber defense, advanced sensors and Intelligent Persistent Surveillance. Logos serves customers including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security. Learn more at www.logos-technologies.com.
Edeniq integrates patented mechanical and biological processes to efficiently and cost-effectively break down plant material into sugars that become sustainable fuels and/or industrial materials. Edeniq’s patent portfolio includes innovation in biological catalysts plus mechanical processes that helps meet the industry-wide challenge of taking today’s plant-based resources into future markets and applications. Headquartered in Visalia, CA, with locations in Omaha, Nebraska and the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Edeniq is funded by such leading investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Flint Hills Resources Renewables, The Westly Group and Cyrus Capital.