Midori plans demonstration plant

By Staff | October 11, 2013

Flagship VentureLabs has announced that Midori Renewables is globally deploying its trademarked Breaking the Biomass Barrier technology, which features a novel catalyst that converts non-food biomass into sugars. The catalyst is a solid material, not an enzyme, micro-organism or acquesous acid. The company says it can easily be separated from the reaction and reused, which reduces costs. 

Midori has been testing its technology over the past year in a variety of markets, including the biofuels and renewable chemicals sectors. The company was issued two foundational U.S. patents on its catalyst technology and has more than 10 additional families of patents pending worldwide. 

"We evaluated hundreds of technologies before we invented our own solid catalyst, which is truly an innovative way to produce ultra-low cost sugars for sustainable biobased products," said Brian Baynes, founder and chairman of Midori and partner at Flagship VentureLabs. 

Midori plans to construct a commercial demonstration facility next year and is currently in partnering discussions with engineering, procurement and construction firms.