Project looks at ethanol from paper pulp
May 2, 2006 By Pulp & Paper Canada
A research consortium to develop economic ethanol production from paper pulp is being launched. Sponsored by the Fr…
A research consortium to develop economic ethanol production from paper pulp is being launched. Sponsored by the French National Research Program for Bioenergy, Tembec R&D Kraft, INSA Toulouse’s Laboratory for Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, and the University of Bordeaux’s Pine Institute are all partners in the 1.2 million project.
The objective of the program is, by the end of a three-year time frame, to deliver a baseline study of the technical and economic results of a small pilot plant installed at a pulp mill, with a focus on waste minimization of the milling process.
Genecor is providing its biomass cellulases and application expertise to optimize the enzymatic hydrolysis of various pulp samples supplied by Tembec and the Pine Institute. Tembec will also analyze the economics to evaluate the system for commercial deploment by the pulp industry.
“This is an excellent project to establish the viability of an advanced cellulosic biorefinery for ethanol production,” said Jack Huttner, vice president of Genecor.
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