September 30, 2008

Iogen Ships First Consignment of Cellulosic Ethanol to Shell

Iogen, a cellulosic ethanol developer and producer, has shipped out the first 100,000 liters of an initial 180,000-liter cellulosic ethanol order from Royal Dutch Shell.

The fuel, produced from wheat straw at Iogen's Ottawa demonstration facility in Canada, has been purchased by Shell for use in upcoming fuel applications.

Iogen, which produced its first cellulosic ethanol in 2004, sayid that it views the current purchase as the first of many opportunities for Shell and Iogen to jointly showcase the technical and commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol.

In July 2008, Shell announced a significant investment in technology development with Iogen Energy, a company jointly owned by Shell and Iogen, that is dedicated to advancing cellulosic ethanol. The arrangement also saw Shell increase its shareholding in Iogen Energy from 26.3% to 50%.

Jeff Passmore, executive vice president of Iogen, said: "The sale of this fuel reinforces the new commercial alliance between Shell and Iogen announced this summer. It is part of our focus on accelerating the deployment of next generation biofuels."