December 17 (SeeNews) - Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ:PEIX) has started producing cellulosic ethanol at its facility in Stockton, California, the US renewable fuels producer and marketer said on Wednesday.
The plant, which has an annual capacity of 60 million gallons (227 million litres), is expected to produce up to 750,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
The company is using the Pathway technology of Edeniq Inc for the production of the cellulosic biofuel. With the help of cellulase enzymes, the process converts corn kernel fibre to fermentable sugars.
Pacific Ethanol said it was working with Edeniq and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to qualify the cellulosic gallons for generating D3 cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), which carry a premium over conventional ethanol. The company expects to receive EPA approval in the first quarter of 2016.
Pacific Ethanol owns and operates eight ethanol plants in the western and Midwestern US with a combined capacity of 515 million gallons per year.