Advanced Biofuels On Sale in Canada

A biofuel blend using 10% cellulose-derived ethanol has gone on sale in a one month trial program in Canada. Customers at a Shell service station in Ottawa, Ontario, will become the first in the world to fill their tanks with gasoline containing advanced second generation biofuels, in this case made from wheat straw.

The biofuel is produced locally from non-food raw materials at Iogen Energy Corporation’s demonstration plant, in which it partners with Royal Dutch Shell, and which now produces 40,000 litres of fuel per month. The company has been producing cellulosic ethanol at its Ottawa demonstration plant since 2004.

“I am excited we are leading the pack in cellulosic ethanol production technology and, with this event, showing what is possible in the future,” said Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Shell executive vice president Future Fuels and CO2, adding: “While it will be some time before general customers can buy this product at local service stations, we are working with governments to make large-scale production economic.”

Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen Corporation commented: “Building a demo plant is one thing but you then need to go through the process of operating the new technology at scale, learning, modifying and lowering costs. With the volumes we’re producing today, we’re confident about the future.”

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