Ottawa, Ontario – Shell Canada has announced that a station in Ottawa has become the world’s first to sell gasoline containing advanced biofuel made from wheat straw.
For one month, from June 10 to July 10, 2009, customers will be able to purchase gasoline containing 10 per cent cellulosic ethanol at the Shell station located at 1548 Merivale Road in Ottawa.
The biofuel is produced in Ottawa from non-food raw materials at Iogen Energy Corporation’s demonstration plant, using advanced conversion processes. Iogen and Shell are partners in the plant, which now produces 40,000 litres of fuel per month. Cellulosic ethanol is identical to ethanol as an end fuel, but can offer up to 90 per cent fewer lifecycle CO2 emissions than gasoline, and is a key part of Shell’s strategic investment and development program in sustainable biofuels.
“I am excited we are leading the pack in cellulosic ethanol production technology and, with this event, showing what is possible in the future,” said Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Shell executive vice-president of Future Fuels and CO2. “While it will be some time before general customers can buy this product at local service stations, we are working with governments to make large-scale production economic.”