German Cellulose Ethanol Study

Cindy Zimmerman

We are probably going to be hearing a lot more about producing ethanol from cellulose – that is, the non-food portion of agriculture residue such as cereal straws and corn stover. A major oil company, car manufacturer and biotech firm are going in together on a joint study to assess the economic feasibility of producing cellulose ethanol in Germany. According to a press release, the study is being done by Volkswagen, Shell and Iogen. You probably know who Shell and Volkswagen are – Iogen is a biotechnology firm located in Ottawa, Canada that specializes in cellulose ethanol, and also develops, manufactures and markets enzymes used to modify and improve the processing of natural fibres within the textile, animal feed, and pulp and paper industries.

Ethanol, Production, Research