Edeniq, Pacific Ag to offer bolt-on cellulosic solution

By Edeniq | August 15, 2013

Edeniq, a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, and Pacific Ag, the leader in large-scale agricultural feedstock supply chains, have announced a five-year exclusive collaboration agreement to assist existing corn-based ethanol production facilities to add cellulosic ethanol production, thereby diversifying feedstock sources, enhancing long term production margins, and helping achieve the renewable fuel standard (RFS) goal of 36 billion gallons of biofuel production by 2022 in order to provide cleaner fuels, energy security and economic development in the US.   

“This collaboration holds the potential to enhance the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol production in the US,” said Brian Thome, the president and CEO of Edeniq. ”By combining Edeniq’s bolt-on production technologies for corn ethanol plants with Pacific Ag’s agricultural biomass supply capabilities, we will provide the best turnkey solution for today’s producers to economically integrate cellulosic production into their existing facilities.”

There are today about 200 operating ethanol plants in the US in 28 states. They produce nearly 14 billion gallons annually representing approximately 10 percent of all gasoline sold in the US. They rely almost exclusively on corn as a feedstock, a grain that has been subject to wide fluctuations in price and supply over the past decade, driven by competing end uses, market speculation and weather. In 2005, the U.S. DOE issued its “billion ton” study. That study determined that U.S. agriculture and forest resources have the capability to produce at least one billion dry tons of biomass annually in a sustainable manner, enough to produce biofuels to meet more than one-third of the current demand for transportation fuels.

Bill Levy, founder and CEO of Pacific Ag, said, ”This collaboration agreement brings together two companies at the forefront of solving a big risk factor to commercial production of cellulosic ethanol: getting biomass from the field to the plant with maximum reliability and efficiency and successfully converting that biomass at a low per gallon capital investment for existing production facilities. For Pacific Ag, this potential market represents a key additional sector in our strategy to maximize the role of ag biomass in the nation’s energy supply.”