MBI, SunEthanol partner to scale up ethanol process

By | October 06, 2008
SunEthanol Inc. and MBI International have announced a joint venture to scale up a fermentation method that uses SunEthanol's Q-Microbe to effectively digest and ferment cellulosic feedstocks in order to produce ethanol in a single-step process.

Bobby Bringi, president and chief executive officer of MBI, said his company has significant experience in scaling up and de-risking new technologies. In the past, MBI has lent its services to multiple universities and companies such as Cargill Inc. for a polylactic-acid-based biodegradable plastics technology, which is broadly used around the world in clothing, carpets, plastic food containers, garbage bags and car parts.