Biofuel technology company EdeniQ will launch a $25m ethanol pilot plant on 26 June 2012 in Visalia, California, US.
The ethanol plant, a joint venture (JV) between EdeniQ and Logos Technologies, will test the feasibility of using agricultural waste as an ingredient for ethanol production, reported The Business Journal.
The JV will use the plant for a period of three and a half years to produce ethanol from non-edible organic materials, such as wood chips, corn stover and switchgrass.
The plant, which will use EdeniQ's proprietary technology and anaerobic processes, is expected to produce 140 to 150 gallons of ethanol each day, or about 40,000 gallons every year.
The US Department of Energy has awarded a $20m grant for the plant's development.
Ethanol is used as a fuel, base chemical in organic compound including ethyl halides, ethyl esters, diethyl ether, acetic acid, ethyl amines and butadiene, as well as in medical appliances.