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Munich, Germany - The Linde Group, a leading global company in the sector of gases and engineering, and Süd-Chemie AG, a leading manufacturers of catalysts and adsorbents, have launched the production of climate-friendly biofuels based on lignocellulosic biomass in Munich. The pilot plant will use cereal straw to manufacture up to two tons of bioethanol fuel annually.
Linde Biofuel Initiative- 5/12/2009
The process developed by Süd-Chemie and Linde allows biofuels such as ethanol to be extracted from plant matter containing cellulose, for instance wheat straw or maize straw, with the aid of enzymes created using biotechnological methods. The partners in this currently unique alliance offer excellent mutual benefits. Whereas Süd-Chemie's expertise lies in the sectors of biocatalysis and bioprocess engineering, Linde's subsidiary, Linde-KCA-Dresden, offers extensive experience in implementing chemical and biotechnological processes on a commercial scale. Compared with the first-generation biofuels already in use today, such as biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, these second-generation biofuels according to experts offer a significant improvement in terms of climate and energy balances, including higher potential for reducing CO2 emissions. In addition, second-generation biofuels do not compete with the cultivation of either food or animal feed.
Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the executive board of Linde AG, says, "Based on our know-how and long experience in the production of climate-friendly fuels, we are making a significant contribution to the creation of low-emission energy supplies for the future. We are delighted that with the start-up of this innovative pilot plant, we are now able to produce biofuel on a sustainable and economically viable basis."
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