03. Aug 2020
GranBio, a 100% Brazilian industrial biotechnology company, and NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont announced a strategic partnership to achieve global leadership in the licensing of patented GranBio 2G Ethanol technology to produce cellulosic ethanol.
GranBio’s 2G Ethanol technology, consisting of pre-treatment, enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation, converts lignocellulosic, non-food biomass - sugar can residues - into renewable, low carbon intensity biofuels. This proprietary technology has already been implemented in its factory located in São Miguel dos Campos, in Alagoas, the first in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to cellulosic ethanol. Located 55 kilometres from the port of Maceió, the plant has the capacity to produce 60 million litres of biofuel per year.
NextChem is partnering with GranBio to license this technology worldwide. The alliance combines GranBio's technology and knowledge in second generation biomass and biofuels with NextChem's engineering intelligence, EPC capabilities and Group global presence, to offer integrated services, feasibility studies, integration projects, engineering and construction of manufacturing plants around the world.
“We will be pioneers in this business model, leading the development of the cellulosic ethanol industry globally. Some countries already recognize the renewable carbon premium; our flexible method allows the use all types of agricultural waste and energy crops as feedstocks, such as cane straw, miscanthus, and corn stover and even leftover wood such as pine and eucalyptus. With the alliance with NextChem, we have the ambition to conquer a significant share of the available market: we have the security and reliability that our technology is very promising”, says Paulo Nigro, CEO of GranBio.
“This partnership with GranBio improves our technological portfolio in biofuels with a flexible and profitable solution to produce ethanol, a globally used chemical with many established industrial applications and enormous potential” said Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of NextChem and Maire Tecnimont.
“GranBio’s reference plant is the only one of this kind, on an industrial scale, in operation at a worldwide level. We are confident in a winning solution that we shall be able to industrialize everywhere, thanks to our worldwide presence and engineering capabilities."