Forget killing bacteria to make ethanol or biodiesel, or researching the creation of new lifeforms to do that – the Dutch have a solution. DSM NV, from the Netherlands, have designed a new technology that will improve the conversion efficiency of waste agricultural products (second-generation biofuels) of up to 100%.
DSM’s new biofuel conversion process uses an enzyme that breaks down cellulose in waste agricultural products such as wood and plants. The process transforms these into sugars which are then converted by their “advanced yeast” strain into ethanol of biofuel. The whole process has been nicknamed “all you can yeast”, and the conversion rate of sugars info ethanol is improved by 100%.
The company says they are now selling both technologies (the differentiated enzyme and the advanced yeast technologies) as an integrated biofuel-producing solution.