Iogen ready for global deployment of ethanol technology: CEO

Ottawa-based Iogen Corp. announced Wednesday it has begun production of cellulosic ethanol at a plant in São Paulo, Brazil.

Iogen is partnering with Raizen, a Brazilian ethanol producer, in the project.

Cellulosic ethanol comes from inedible parts of plants, as well as wood and grass. The Brazilian operation, using sugar cane and straw, is the first commercial use of Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol technology, which was developed in Ottawa.

“Large scale commercialization in Brazil will open the door for global deployment of our technology,” Iogen CEO Brian Foody said in a statement.

Raizen executive vice-president Pedro Mizutani said his company plans to use Iogen’s technology to produce one billion litres of cellulosic biofuel by 2024.