16 December 2011 16:43 [Source: ICIS news]
BAL said the facility, in
The company plans to “scale-up” the project to a larger facility within four years, it added without disclosing capacity data.
BAL’s technology can metabolise the sugars in seaweed into fermentable sugars competitive with conventional sugar sources, it said. The company has already managed to produce ethanol and isobutanol from seaweed, it added.
“Seaweed is an ideal feedstock for commercial scale biofuels and chemicals production because it has up to 60% fermentable carbohydrates; it has no lignin; it does not require arable land use or freshwater to grow, and it reduces marine pollution,” it said.
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