DKK 17 million in state funding for CO2 neutral biorefinery  

2008.11.24
The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation is putting DKK 16.9m in state funding to develop a CO2 neutral integrated biorefinery
It has been a busy year for Denmark's Professor Birgitte Ahring, whose combined biotechnology and engineering company Biogasol is busy developing second generation bioethanol.
 
Only nine months ago she parted company with the Technical University of Denmark in circumstances one could describe as strained. Since then she has reappeared in her professorial capacity on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, leading both the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy at Washington State University, and the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts at Aalborg University here in Denmark.
 
And now the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (the funding wing of the eponymous ministry) is providing the professor with DKK 16.9m (USD 2.9m) in state funding to develop a CO2 neutral integrated biorefinery which will not only generate second generation biofuel, but also foodstuffs, antibiotics and food additives.
 
The research work will also cover the investigation of different types of plant material feedstocks, alternative and less energy-demanding methods of pre-treating biomass, enzymes for the effective degradation of biomass, and new microorganisms for the production of bioethanol.
 

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