California: Agricultural Residues Produce Renewable Fuel

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Logos Technologies and EERE are partnering with Edeniq of Visalia to build a plant that will produce cellulosic ethanol from switchgrass, wood chips, and corn leaves, stalks, and husks—all plentiful, nonfood feedstock sources in California.
Location: Visalia, California
Partners: Logos Technologies
EERE Investment: $25 million
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

Logos Technologies and EERE partnered with EdeniQ of Visalia, California, to construct a pilot plant that processes 1.2 tons per day of agricultural residues, such as corn stover (leaves and stalks), as well as other California-sourced indigenous, nonfood feedstock sources (wood chips and switchgrass). The project has completed 1,500 hours of continuous operation that validated the viability of this technology platform for producing cellulosic ethanol from corn stover at reasonable yields. The California Energy Commission has awarded EdeniQ additional funds to evaluate the other feedstocks noted above. This expanded effort would not have been possible without the DOE partnership that constructed the pilot plant. All the performance data from pilot operations will be used to inform designs for commercial sized production facilities. This proprietary technology is expected to produce biofuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to fossil fuel and help make California a leader in advanced biofuel production.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop and deploy commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower from renewable biomass resources in America to reduce our dependence on imported oil.

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