Nedalco to License Technology to Mascoma for Lignocellulosic Ethanol

In an effort to further initiatives to commercialize ethanol production using lignocellulosic biomass, Royal Nedalco, a European ethanol producer, and Mascoma Corporation, a lignocellulosic biomass-to-ethanol producer in the U.S., have signed a license and joint development agreement.

The objective of the partnership is to license Nedalco’s yeast-based technology for use in Mascoma’s demonstration plant and for use in future Mascoma commercial plants, and to explore collaborative research efforts to accelerate production of second-generation bioethanol. “The added value is that both our companies have a regional orientation on production, but a global orientation for research and development of new technology,” according to Ger Bemer, Managing Director of Royal Nedalco. Royal Nedalco has developed a new fermentation process, using modified yeasts capable of converting all kinds of lignocellulosic biomass, including straw and wood waste, into ethanol. Mascoma Corporation is developing bio and process technology for cost-effective conversion of lignocellulosic biomass in the U.S. and plans to build and operate commercial cellulosic ethanol plants using both internally developed and licensed technology across multiple biomass feedstocks. “We consider Nedalco’s technology a key innovation in making fuel ethanol from cellulose a practical and sustainable reality for consumers,” said Colin South, Mascoma President and Director. Ethanol made from lignocellulosic biomass (e.g., grass, wood, and various agricultural and forestry wastes) takes advantage of significantly lower raw material cost, more plentiful and varied feedstocks, and expands the potential for ethanol to blend with and displace gasoline with a cleaner and renewable liquid fuel.