Dyadic Joins Royal Nedalco to Produce Ethanol from Biomass

Dyadic Nederland BV, Dyadic International’s subsidiary in the Netherlands, will focus on the development of optimal enzyme preparations to extract sugars from sugar beet pulp and wheat bran.

The research and development (R&D) project, funded by the Netherlands government to develop technologies to produce ethanol from these feedstocks, is due to Dyadic International joining with European bioethanol producer Royal Nedalco and other partners. “Sugar beet pulp, with its currently low value, high volume at centralized locations and abundant carbohydrate content, is an attractive feedstock for the production of bioethanol,” said Jan Verdoes, Ph.D., Research Director, Dyadic Nederland BV. “Wheat bran, a byproduct of wheat processing, is another attractive bioethanol feedstock. However, the enzyme preparations to economically extract sugars from these materials and the yeasts required to ferment these unusual sugars for large-scale ethanol production need to be further developed.” “Our research projects are designed to overcome these technical problems and contribute to the development of economically viable renewable fuels for the future,” he added. “While we expect our share of funding for these collaborative research projects to contribute only modestly to Dyadic’s overall R&D budget, the real impact is potentially far greater. Not only will our work on the projects advance Dyadic’s proprietary enzyme technologies, we also are pleased to be involved in efforts that have the potential to deliver significant progress toward the goal of reducing the world’s dependence on petroleum in favor of renewable, environmentally friendly biofuels,” said Glenn E. Nedwin, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer of Dyadic.

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