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Peak oil. Inflation. Global warming. Conflict. Today’s headlines make it clear: we need a sustainable, affordable source of energy that protects the environment and meets the needs of nearly 7 billion – and growing – aspiring, remarkable humans.
EdeniQ’s scientists are pursuing solutions that cost-effectively convert abundant, non-food biomass into fuels. Making fuels from agricultural waste such as corn stover, sugarcane bagasse, rice straw and woodchips takes the controversy out of biofuels and puts the green – and the humanity – in.
Their name says a great deal about their mission. EdeniQ is an intentional misspelling of Edenic an adjective meaning “of or pertaining to the Garden of Eden.” The “IQ” ending of EdeniQ connotes intelligence. Together Eden IQ expresses our profound desire to engage in the wise use of all that nature provides.
Most of the energy plants store is not in their seeds, fruits or tubers. Most of the energy they store is in their actual structure, the so-called lignocellulosic parts of the plant. But these stiffer, woodier parts of plants, though rich in complex sugars, are not easily broken down into useable energy. Yet, we all know that given enough time, even the mightiest trees decay. There are animals, plants, bacteria and fungi that make their livings off of plant structure. In nature, nothing is wasted.
Harnessing natural processes that breakdown complex lignocellulosic materials into simpler sugars that can be fermented or otherwise crafted into fuels is just one area where EdeniQ’s team has made significant breakthroughs.
With natural processes as their guide, they give consideration to every aspect of turning biomass into useable energy. This means thinking not only about how to breakdown complex lignocellulosic polymers, but also about the use of water, the generation of waste, and the input of energy. Unlike other cellulosic ethanol processes EdeniQ’s process does not use harsh acids or rely on expensive metal catalysts. And, the heat and electricity needed for production are derived by burning residual lignin (the toughest of all plant matter). The end result is carbon-neutral energy that does not add incremental CO2 to our atmosphere.
By emulating nature, EdeniQ knows that remarkable things happen: processes become cyclical, adaptable and efficient. Costs actually decrease. To thrive in the 21st century it is clear that nations, companies, investors, shareholders and citizens alike must embrace the awesome, ancient lessons of our living world. EdeniQ does exactly that.
EdeniQ’s technologies help new and existing biofuels producers derive clean, affordable energy from a wide variety of biomass.
Their patented processes can be implemented for a fraction of the $6 to $12 per gallon capital cost it takes to build a cellulosic plant employing today’s acid hydrolosis or syngas technologies. And, by eliminating expensive catalysts and additives, EdeniQ’s solution is not only capital efficient, but also costs far less to operate.
EdeniQ knows that cellulosic ethanol will only enter the mainstream when the following key conditions are met:
- The processes for breaking down complex lignocelluosic materials must be fast and affordable;
- These processes must not produce wastestreams that are expensive to handle and deleterious to the environment;
- The refining processes must not use fossil fuels to generate the required inputs of heat and electricity;
- The plants employing these processes should not be tied to the use of any one type of feedstock, but rather be free to work with a wide variety of feedstocks;
- The processes should cost-effectively yield sugars that can be fermented or otherwise processed into a range of fuels (not just ethanol);
- The processes should be water efficient (meaning that a significant portion of the water required is reused);
- When measured end-to-end, the fuel produced by these processes should be carbon-neutral (i.e., not introduce incremental CO2 into the atmosphere);
- The processes should take advantage of valuable co-products;
- The processes should be able to work with many elements of today’s existing biofuels infrastructure and not require a complete overhaul of the industry;
- Plants should be able to add the processes in an incremental fashion by deploying profitable modules that help manage precious capital;
- The all-in cost of a gallon of fuel produced by these processes must be under $1.50 per gallon;
- The processes need to be available today, not 2-5 years from now.