Edeniq announces award of new patent

By Edeniq Inc. | October 03, 2013

Edeniq Inc., a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, announced that the company has received notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, protecting three targeted process applications. The new patent, entitled “Materials and Methods for Converting Biomass to Biofuel,” was approved on Sept. 4.  The patent covers certain core equipment and process technology used in Edeniq’s Cellunator offering, Pathway integrated platform, and continuous cellulosic sugar production process.

Edeniq’s Cellunator, which is currently deployed in corn ethanol plants, increases ethanol yield by 2 to 4 percent by optimizing starch conversion. The first Cellunator installation was completed in 2009 and the technology is improving efficiency and profits at ethanol plants with capacities of 50 and 100 million gallons per year.

Pathway is a proprietary, integrated platform that produces cellulosic ethanol inside existing corn ethanol plants. The platform combines the Cellunator technology with an enzyme cocktail to break down corn kernel fiber, releasing cellulosic sugars into the fermentation process. The Pathway integrated platform is currently in commercial trials that have demonstrated its ability to further increase ethanol yield.

This technology is also a core element of a large demonstration plant being installed in São Paulo State, Brazil, which is being co-constructed by Edeniq and partner Usina Vale, a Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer. The demonstration plant will produce cellulosic sugars from sugarcane bagasse, the fibrous by-product of sugarcane juice extraction.

“We are pleased to receive this key patent, which is the first of several that we expect to issue from this product family as well as our other product lines,” said Brian Thome, president and CEO of Edeniq. “Our patented processes are currently converting the corn kernel fiber at ethanol plants, which is the first step and the fastest path to migrating toward cellulosic ethanol production.  With additional patents pending, we are continuing on our path toward developing the lowest cost route to cellulosic sugars and ethanol for our customers and partners.”

Edeniq holds or has exclusive rights to seven patents, with an additional 12 patents pending. Patented technologies, including the Cellunator, are currently being used to convert cellulosic feedstocks, such as corn stover, to cellulosic sugars and ethanol in Edeniq’s pilot plant in Visalia, Calif.