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Collaboration to Convert Biomass into Sugar - Leaf Resources & Novozymes

Published on 2016-12-14. Author : SpecialChem

Leaf Resources has announced a collaboration with Novozymes, one of the world’s largest producers of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology.

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Collaboration to Convert Biomass into Sugar - Leaf Resources & Novozymes

The GLYCELL Technology

GLYCELL is a unique combination of well-established process engineering and advanced chemistry. The GLYCELL technology operates at low temperature and pressure, and uses crude glycerin as a low cost, recyclable reagent. The process efficiently deconstructs plant biomass and produces a high-yield of high-quality, concentrated cellulose and hemicellulose sugars, which in turn enables cost competitive production of renewable chemicals.

As part of the collaboration, Novozymes will use its expertise in biotechnology to customize its broad portfolio of robust, high-yielding enzymes to the GLYCELL process. The goal of the collaboration is to design a highly tailored enzyme package that allows the GLYCELL process to achieve superior performance, quality, and reliability for the production of high-value renewable chemicals. Leaf and its development partner, Claeris, LLC, will then incorporate Novozymes’ tailored enzyme package into the biomass pretreatment section of integrated biorefineries.

Enhancing the Conversion of Biomass to Sugars

Production trials performed by independent third parties have validated the performance of the GLYCELL process and confirms both the unique nature and economic viability of our process,” says Ken Richards, Managing Director of Leaf Resources. “Our continued work with Claeris and a number of potential production partners confirms the strong interest of all stakeholders in large-scale renewable chemicals production, and we look forward to working with Novozymes to make it a reality.

The combined scientific expertise of our companies makes it possible to enhance the conversion of biomass to sugars which, when combined with the development expertise of Claeris, will help accelerate the development of renewable chemicals,” says Michael Burns, Head of Biorefining Business Development for North America at Novozymes. “There is a clear move towards sustainable chemical production and we believe the combination of Claeris and the GLYCELL process will help further enable the industry.

About Leaf Resources

Leaf Resources is one of the world's leading experts in biomass conversion. It is focused on producing sustainable products from plant biomass. Its patented process for converting biomass to highly functional sugars enables myriad downstream technologies for the production of renewable chemicals. It seeks to build a robust global business centered on sustainable bio-based products and to bring quantifiable environmental and economic benefits to the communities in which we operate.

About Novozymes

Novozymes is one of the world leaders in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, it improves industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As one of the world’s largest providers of enzyme and microbial technologies, its bio-innovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that it relies on

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Source: Leaf Resources
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