06 May 2008 08:57 [Source: ICIS news]
This strategic alliance to develop such biofuels would help to ease the competition between growing crops for food and those set aside for biofuel production, the companies said.
“The investment amount is still a part of the ongoing negotiations between Chemie and Linde. However, it will be a significant portion of our R&D [research and development] budget,” said Sud-Chemie.
Chemie, a producer of catalysts and adsorbent materials, will contribute to the project in the areas of biocatalysts and bio-processing techniques.
Linde, a major in the gas and engineering sector, will provide advice in areas such as chemical and biotechnological plant engineering within the strategic alliance.
Unlike first generation biofuels currently in use, second generation use non-food biomass feedstock.
For more on biofuels see Simon Robinson’s Big Biofuels Blog
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