• "...the bulk of new biofuel production needs to come from advanced biofuels (algae, cellulosic)."

    The International Energy Association
    April 2011
  • "The Saudi assistant petroleum minister had expressed concern that Saudis could be "greened out" of the U.S. fuel market by biofuels like ethanol."

    James Smith
    U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 2010.
  • "...this legislation would also ensure progress made to commercialize advanced ethanol technologies utilizing new feedstocks... is accelerated."

    The American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Renewable Fuels Association
    May 2011
  • "...what would happen to US gasoline prices if ethanol production came to an immediate halt. Under a very wide range of parameters, the estimated gasoline price increase would be of historic proportions, ranging from 41% to 92%."

    Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Iowa State University
    April 2011
  • "Another substitute for oil that holds tremendous promise is renewable biofuels...made from things like switchgrass, wood chips, and biomass."

    President Obama
    March 2011
  • "I'm a big supporter of biofuels. But one of the things that's become clear is, is that we need to accelerate our basic research in ethanol and other biofuels that are made from things like woodchips..."

    President Obama
    July 2011

Low Cost Structure

In a commodity market such as ethanol, cost is the key competitiveness factor, and Woodland has a distinct advantage.

Woodland's CPRTM technology takes a different approach to producing ethanol as compared to both fermentation used by corn based ethanol producers, and the modified fermentation route used by biochemical based cellulosic ethanol companies.

First, Woodland's technology is not dependent upon the use of corn or other "cash" crops, which under traditional fermentation production processes represents over 50% of the total variable cost of production.

Second, the CPRTM technology provides significantly higher feedstock productivity and yield as a result of a more complete use of the feedstock. Fermentation uses only the carbon present in cellulose and starch, without using the carbon in the lignin, hemi-cellulose and CO2 arising from fermentation. Woodland's process captures all the carbon in all elements of the plant.

ProductEthanol Production Process Typical Observations
 Corn Ethanol Corn Fermentation
  • Volatile feedstock costs
  • Converts food into fuel
 Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Pretreatment
Cellulose Fermentation
  • Lignin (typically >25% of biomass) is difficult to convert, therefore limiting the yield
  • High cost and variability for enzymes
 Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass into Syngas
Mixed Alcohols Catalyst
  • Low yield and high cost due to complexities in separating ethanol from mixed alcohols
 Woodland Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass into Syngas
Ethanol Catalysts
  • High conversion/yield
  • Low cost