The first large-scale commercialization of Ottawa-based Iogen Corporation‚Äôs cellulosic ethanol technology was launched earlier this week, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff officially opened Raizen‚Äôs Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in S√£o Paulo.
The official opening of Raizen's sugar cane mill using cellulosic ethanol technology created by Ottawa-based Iogen Corporation
Raizen, a Brazilian-based ethanol producer, teamed with Iogen to build the plant, which was finished in December. It will convert biomass such as sugar cane straw into advanced, second generation cellulosic biofuel.
Iogen CEO Brian Foody said called the opening a ‚Äúmilestone‚ÄĚ that proves the ‚Äúcommercial viability‚ÄĚ of cellulosic biofuels, biofuel produced from inedible parts of the plant.
‚ÄúThis initiative represents a significant success story for our company. We have a great team of engineers, scientists and operators who've been working tirelessly with Ra√≠zen's own excellent team,‚ÄĚ Mr. Foody said in a statement. ‚ÄúLarge scale commercialization in Brazil will open the door for global deployment of our technology."
Raizen has already announced plans to use Iogen‚Äôs technology in seven other sugar cane mills across Brazil.
‚ÄúWe plan to be producing up to 1 billion liters of cellulosic biofuel from bagasse and cane straw by 2024," Raizen executive vice-president Pedro Mizutani said in a statement.