Partnerships Indicate Growing Interest in Cellulosic Ethanol
November 1, 2006
With rapid growth in the corn-to-ethanol industry, a growing number of companies and organizations are showing interest in developing the next-generation ethanol fuel, which will be derived from cellulosic biomass sources such as grasses and residues from forest and agricultural industries. That interest has been expressed publicly in the form of partnerships, as research groups attempt to combine their strengths to solve the puzzle of unlocking carbohydrates from cellulose. One example is Chevron Corporation, which announced a five-year, $25 million partnership with the University of California, Davis, in late September, and then announced another five-year partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in early October. See the Chevron press releases about the partnerships with UC Davis and NREL.
About the same time, Broin Companies, an ethanol producer, teamed up with DuPont on cellulosic ethanol. In late October, Broin announced that it is also teaming up with Novozymes, a developer of enzymes for ethanol production. All three companies have been involved with DOE and NREL in extended research programs to advance ethanol production technologies. The latest partnership was announced on October 30th, as biofuels producer Abengoa Bioenergy teamed up with Dyadic International, Inc., another producer of enzymes. See the press releases from Broin about its partnerships with DuPont (PDF 17 KB) and Novozymes (PDF 36 KB), as well as the Dyadic press release. Download Adobe Reader.