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Production of Ethanol from Agriculture Waste (Carmel)

Background

Ethanol fuel is currently made mainly from very common crops such as sugar cane, potato, manioc and maize. However, it raises major concerns relate to increased food prices due to the large amount of arable land required for crops, as well as the energy and pollution balance of the whole cycle of ethanol production, especially from corn. Recent developments with cellulosic ethanol production were found to allay some of these concerns offering promise because cellulose fibers is a major and universal component in plant cells walls. According to the International Energy Agency, cellulosic ethanol could allow ethanol fuels to play a much bigger role in the future than previously thought. Moreover, biological lignocelluloses delignification, enzymatic saccharification and fermentation enable cost effective production of ethanol.

 

New Invention

We suggest a competitive and low cost technology based on agro-industrial waste and fungi. The proprietary process is carried out by natural fungal strains and genetically-engineered organisms with improved fermentation properties, leading to a very low production cost of ethanol from residual biomass.

 

Hydrolytic enzyme production, lignocelluloses delignification and Saccharification (monosacchrine) for the production of Ethanol.

 

Advantages

  • Low cost
  • Low energy and environmental advantages since it answers agro-industrial waste which in large quantity (100 Billion Ton per year) causes serious environmental problems.
  • Harmonious with the international trend of sustainable, environmental friendly industries.

Unique Differentiators

We developed an initial efficiency Bio-Ethanol production cycles based on the obtained sugars and yeast strains and reached an ethanol/biomass efficiency of 22%. Our cellulase prototype enables a lab- scale saccharification efficiency of 92%.


Bio-Ethanol Market

World ethanol production for transport fuel tripled between 2000 and 2007 from 17 billion to more than 52 billion liters. From 2007 to 2008, the share of ethanol in global gasoline type fuel use increased from 3.7% to 5.4%. In 2009 worldwide ethanol fuel production reached 19.5 billion gallons (73.9 billion liters).

Status

Looking for a strategic partner.

Contact for more information:
Eyal Zioni , VP Business Development, 04-8288500
Carmel-Haifa University Economic Corporation Ltd.
Eshkol Tower, 25th floor, Room 2509 , Haifa University, Mount Carmel
Haifa 31905, ISRAEL
Tel: 972-4-8288500
Fax: 972-4-8288499
ITTN - Israel Tech Transfer Organization