June 7 (Renewables Now) - US cellulosic technology firm Edeniq Inc today said a fourth ethanol plant that uses its Pathway technology has received a cellulosic ethanol registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pathway is a platform to produce qualified cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber in existing corn ethanol plants.
The EPA has approved Siouxland Energy Cooperative's registration of its 60-million-gallon (227 million litre) corn ethanol plant in Iowa for generation of D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) from cellulosic ethanol.
Edeniq now has registered customers with 400 million gallons of annual ethanol capacity that are averaging 1% cellulosic ethanol. The company says it expects to significantly increase average customer cellulosic ethanol production over the next year through ongoing technology improvements that will be introduced as early as the third quarter of 2017.
President and chief executive Brian Thome said Edeniq has a number of additional plant customers in the registration process with the EPA.