EdeniQ to unveil ethanol pilot plant

EdeniQ's new pilot-scale biorefinery will make up to 40,000 gallons of ethanol a yearEdeniQ's new pilot-scale biorefinery will make up to 40,000 gallons of ethanol a yearBiofuel technology company EdeniQ will unveil its long-awaited pilot biorefinery on June 26 in Visalia as it begins testing the feasibility of ag waste as an ingredient for ethanol.

 

The $25 million facility is a partnership between EdeniQ and Logos Technologies of Arlington, Va.

Together, the companies will use the plant for a period of 3.5 years to explore the potential for non-edible, organic materials such as wood chips, corn stover and switchgrass in commercial ethanol production.

The plant, made possible in part by a $20 million in grants from the Department of Energy, will rely on EdeniQ's proprietary technology and anaerobic processes to make around 140 to 150 gallons of ethanol a day, or about 40,000 gallons a year.

The company will hold an invitation-only ribbon cutting event on June 26 to christen the new plant, located 2505 N. Shirk Road in Visalia.

The day will feature a panel discussion with Brian Thome, CEO of EdeniQ as well as presentations by representatives from the Department of Energy, Pike Research and venture capitalist John Rockwell.