G2 BioChem is unlocking the future - making next generation ethanol a
TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - GreenField Ethanol announced the launch of
G2Biochem, a collaborative partnership that will acquire, validate and
commercialize GreenField's innovative patented process technology. This
technology will make next generation ethanol a commercial
reality. G2Biochem is backed by major international partners and
collaborators including Andritz and Novozymes. This innovative
technology has received the support of a number of Federal and Ontario
programs and agencies including, Sustainable Development Technology
Canada (SDTC), Innovation Development Fund (IDF), Sustainable Chemistry
Alliance (SCA) and Center for Research & Development in the Bio-economy
After thousands of trials, G2 BioChem's innovative and versatile
technology has successfully processed a variety of biomass feedstocks
including agricultural residues (corn cobs, stover & bagasse), energy
crops (sorghum & miscanthus), as well as woody biomass (poplar).
G2 BioChem is unlocking the future. "G2 BioChem's technology is
feedstock agnostic and optimizes next-generation ethanol yields using
all available sugars. Also, our process technology results in a
low-cost-per-litre, which is essential to the viable commercialization
of next generation ethanol," said Barry Wortzman, President of
G2BioChem and Vice President, Business Development, GreenField Ethanol.
"We are most grateful to our partners, collaborators and Federal and
Ontario government supporters, without whom we would not have been able
to achieve what we have," added Wortzman. To successfully commercialize
its process technology G2 BioChem is continuing to reach out to
partners and collaborators for support and input.
"G2 BioChem's advanced biofuels technology has the potential to
fundamentally change the burgeoning renewable fuels & biochemical
industries - while protecting our environment and boosting Ontario's
economy," said Glen Murray, Minister, Ontario Research & Innovation.
G2Biochem is backed by major international partners & collaborators
including Andritz and Novozymes. "As a collaborative partner,
Novozymes' goal is to enable and facilitate the realization of
cellulosic ethanol production at commercial scale, as quickly as
possible; and in our opinion, this technology is leading the way to
accomplishing that objective," said Cynthia Bryant, Global Business
"Andritz is excited to be partnering on this initiative, and to
contribute its expertise in process equipment technology for the
commercial scale up of the process," said Bertil Stromberg, Vice
President, BioFuels, Andritz.
G2 BioChem is poised to demonstrate and validate its unique process
technology on a pre-commercial, continuous scale. Construction date for
phase one of the demonstration plant is scheduled for this summer.
G2 BioChem is unlocking the future. G2 BioChem is committed to making
next generation transportation fuel a commercial reality. G2 BioChem's
innovative and versatile technology has successfully processed a
variety of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues (corn
cobs, stover & bagasse), energy crops (sorghum & miscanthus), as well
as woody biomass (poplar).
G2 BioChem is a collaborative partnership that will acquire, validate
and commercialize GreenField Ethanol's patented process technology.
G2Biochem is also backed by major international partners &
collaborators including Andritz and Novozymes. Located in Chatham,
Ontario, G2 BioChem will commence construction of its cellulose
demonstration plant in 2011.
About GreenField Ethanol
GreenField Ethanol Inc. is Canada's leading ethanol producer. The
company produces 600 million litres a year of ethanol at its plants in
Johnstown, Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario and Varennes, Quebec.
GreenField is a principal partner in G2 BioChem committed to the
development of biochemical process technology to produce cellulosic
ethanol. Read more at www.greenfieldethanol.com
About the Ministry of Research and Innovation
Launched in 2005, the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) is
making innovation a driving force of Ontario's economy and showcasing
Ontario, nationally and internationally.
MRI is helping to transition Ontario into an idea- and innovation-based
economy to create and grow new industries, new jobs and prosperous
communities. In addition to our funding programs, we administer the Ontario Network of Excellence, which works directly with entrepreneurs, academia and businesses to
build globally focused, investor-ready companies. We support
researchers, entrepreneurs, businesses: innovators in all stages of the
pipeline to help bring unique products and services to market.
From research hospitals to universities, entrepreneurs to venture
capitalists, businesses to government agencies, we're supporting the
best ideas in Ontario and building relationships between all the
participants in Ontario's innovation ecosystem. These relationships
will allow us to leverage Ontario's greatest resources: its people, and
Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation. Together with customers
across a broad array of industries Novozymes creates tomorrow's
industrial biosolutions, improving its customers' business and the use
of our planet's resources.
With over 700 products used in 130 countries, Novozymes' bioinnovations
increase industrial performance and safeguard the world's resources by
offering superior and sustainable solutions for tomorrow's
ever-changing marketplace. Read more at www.novozymes.com.
Andritz is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of large
equipment with revenues above 5 billion Cad, having over 100 service,
sales and manufacturing centers around the world and over 14000
employees worldwide. Andritz is composed of mainly five divisions for
which we are also leaders in technology:
Pulp and Paper
Environment and Process
Feed and BioFuel
Over the last 5 years, we have intensified our activities in the
bio-chemical pre-treatment area and have developed pre-treatment
systems for steam-explosion/advanced steam-explosion & dilute acid
hydrolysis, beside our activities in the thermo-chemical area with
gasification, biomass boilers, etc.
Pilot Units & Demo Systems:
Andritz has been building pilot & demo systems for many years (about 100
units & system in the last 25 years) for the Pulp & Paper and MDF
industry using wood and non-wood raw materials like forest and
agri-residual, bagasse, leather, plastic residual, etc. With some
modifications, these systems are now also being used to provide the R&D
platform to investigate different wood species, energy-crops (like
Sorghum or Switchgrass), forest and agricultural residues such as corn
cobs, corn-stover, etc. to be used as feed-stock for biofuel or
Commercial Scale Equipment:
The equipment for the material handling, pre-treatment and liquid solids
separation operations for lignocellulosic biofuel can be easily
transferred from other divisions where scale-up to viable commercial
plants is well known for Andritz. The Pulp & Paper and MDF industries
are handling large quantities of biomass every day so there is little
risk associated with equipment scale-up. Andritz has equipment
operating at huge commercial production rates in excess of 9600 dry
tons/day of feedstock and can be easily adapted to the lignocellulosic
SOURCE GreenField Ethanol
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