Global life sciences and materials company Royal DSM has announced that its advanced cellulosic yeast product was named the ‘Breakthrough Technology of the Year’ by Green Power Conferences
The award focuses on sustainability criteria throughout the bio-based value chain recognising breakthrough technology. DSM’s advanced cellulosic yeast product recently achieved successful scale-up in an industrial production-sized trial at DONG Energy’s Inbicon demonstration plant in Kalundborg, Denmark.
“The progress we’ve made with our advanced cellulosic yeast product is a major step toward widespread commercialization of cellulosic bio-ethanol and a huge step in moving our world toward a more renewable and sustainable future” said Anton Robek, President of DSM’s Bio-based Products & Services organization. “Cellulosic bio-ethanol is ready to drastically expand our world’s sources for fuel, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
The two-month, 270,000-liter production run converted C6 and C5 sugars, yielding 40-percent more ethanol per ton of biomass than traditional C6 fermentation. DSM is the first company involved with cellulosic conversion technology to have secured the required permits, notifications and qualifications thereby enabling its customers to utilize the technology in their processes in Europe, the US and Brazil.