Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in cellulose ethanol – an advanced, renewable transportation fuel that can be used in today`s cars. Cellulose ethanol can significantly reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy security, and improve farm income and job creation. Iogen 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. In operation since 1974, Iogen is a privately held company located in Ottawa, Canada.
Who we are:
Iogen is a leader in developing technology to make clean burning, renewable cellulosic biofuels (sometimes referred to as second generation biofuels, or second generation ethanol) from agricultural residues and other organic wastes. This advanced biofuel could replace over 30% of U.S. petroleum consumption, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to gasoline.
Iogen has been in the field for over 35 years; invested roughly $500 million in research, development and demonstration; and have over 300 issued and pending patents.
We are the world's first company to successfully use modern 'enzymatic hydrolysis' technology to produce commercial quantities of cellulosic ethanol for field demonstrations… beginning production in 2004.
We are one of the first companies to build and successfully start-up a fully commercial cellulosic ethanol facility, which we’ve done in collaboration with our partner Raizen Energia, Brazil’s largest sugar and ethanol producer. The facility is located adjacent to Raizen’s Costa Pinto sugar mill in Piracicaba, Brazil and began commercial production in 2014.
We are also developing new ways to use biogas as a transportation fuel. Biogas, another cellulosic biofuel, is an abundant product of natural organic decay, but it has had only limited use as a transportation fuel. We intend to change that. Our technology will give biogas direct access to a 7 billion gallon annual market.
What we do
We develop and implement processes for making cellulosic biofuels. Our team includes scientists, engineers and project managers. We work with partners to deliver the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective systems for making this low emission, renewable advanced biofuel.
Why it matters:
We are at the forefront of developing sustainable solutions for fueling our cars. Our work helps address hugely important global issues such as reducing our society’s addiction to oil and the resulting impacts of climate change.. Our team is dedicated to making a real difference.