Pacific Ethanol Inc., a marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the western US, announced it will implement yield-enhancing technology at its Stockton, California, ethanol plant.
The company has awarded Edeniq, a biomaterials and sustainable fuels developer, with a contract for Edeniq's Cellunators technology to boost ethanol yields by increasing available starch for conversion.
In addition to expected improvements in ethanol yield, the installation of Cellunators technology makes available the adoption of Edeniq's Pathway technology integrating the Cellunator with proprietary enzymes. This converts the cellulosic fraction of the corn kernel to ethanol, enabling a conventional plant to potentially produce cellulosic ethanol.
Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler commented that the agreement with Edeniq "...demonstrates our commitment to improving efficiencies at the plant level and positions us to produce advanced biofuels within a corn ethanol plant."