Biomaterials and sustainable fuels company Edeniq completed a performance test that saw its demonstration plant at company headquarters in Visalia, California operating for 1,000 hours continuously.
The corn-to-cellulosic migration plant can process more than one metric ton of cellulosic feedstock per day to cellulosic ethanol, exceeding the plant’s initial target.
The project was borne out of an initial $20.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE), also under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, to retrofit and build the California plant as part of the DOE’s Integrated Biorefinery and Biomass program.
The objective of the project has been to demonstrate the viability of scaleable, cost-effective approaches to producing ethanol from non-consumptive sources including corn stover, switchgrass and woodchips.
In addition to achieving over 1,000 hours of continuous operation, the plant sustained and exceeded the DOE’s target of at least 90 percent up time, in fact demonstrating over 95 percent operational reliability. The facility also promoted sustainable use of resources, reusing or recycling substantial portions of its water to meet process demands.