Sd-Chemie, Linde plan cellulosic ethanol production

By | July 08, 2008
Two major European companies, Sd-Chemie AG and Linde Group, have formed a partnership to develop and market plans for the production of second-generation biofuels. The partnership will involve using a biotechnological process to produce cellulosic ethanol from plant matter, including wheat and maize straw, grasses, and wood. Sd-Chemie will provide its knowledge in the biocatalysis and bioprocess engineering sectors, while Linde's subsidiary company Linde-KCA-Dresden will provide the engineering expertise. The partnership is currently working on a pilot plant at Sd-Chemie's research and development site in Munich, Germany, and is in talks with its first potential customers for commercial plants.