July 24, 2015 - The first large-scale commercialization of Ottawa-based Iogen Corporation’s cellulosic ethanol technology was launched earlier this week, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff officially opened Raizen’s Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in São Paulo. Raizen, a Brazilian-based ethanol producer, teamed with Iogen to build the plant, which was finished in December. It will convert biomass such as sugar cane straw into advanced, second generation cellulosic biofuel. Iogen CEO Brian Foody said called the opening a “milestone” that proves the “commercial viability” of cellulosic biofuels, biofuel produced from inedible parts of the plant.
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