15 September 2010 20:52 [Source: ICIS news]
“This discovery not only demonstrates that fatty acids can be a good alternative to cellulosic sugars at producing higher value chemicals at greater yields but also further diversifies the set of feedstocks and co-products GlycosBio can offer producers,” said Paul Campbell, chief science officer for GlycosBio.
With their technology, ethanol yield is double that of which is usually achieved with sugar feedstock, added
“All of the chemicals like ethanol also show excellent yield advantages over the comparable sugar-based fermentation processes,” he said.
Microbial platforms to biologically produce fuels and chemicals from fatty acid have been nearly non-existent, the company said.
The development was in collaboration with GlycosBio’s scientific advisory board chairman Ramon Gonzales and his research group at Texas-based
GlycosBio is building a biochemical plant in
The plant is expected to start in early 2012.
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