ADVANCE IN 2ND-GEN BIOFUELS
DSM Develops New Technology For 2nd Generation Biofuel
Roberta B. Cowan, June 28, 2010 (Wall Street Journal)
"Life and material science company DSM NV… has developed a new bioconversion technology, which will improve efficiency in developing second-generation biofuels, or biofuel from waste agricultural products.
"DSM will unveil what it describes as a breakthrough in bioconversion…at the world congress on biotechnology…"
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"The new process includes using an enzyme which breaks down cellulose in wood, plant and other waste agricultural products. The sugars produced from the waste agriculture products are then converted by DSM's "advanced yeast" strain into ethanol, or biofuel. DSM coins the process an "all you can eat yeast," which substantially improves the conversion rate, up to 100% yield improvement, of sugars into ethanol.
"DSM says it's now actively marketing both its differentiated enzyme and advanced yeast technologies as an integrated bioconversion solution, for the second generation, advanced bio fuels market, which DSM says is forecasted to grow exponentially over the next decade."