Deinove, Young Innovative Company specializing in biofuels, receives ? 6 million from OSEO

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Deinove, Young Innovative Company specializing in biofuels, receives ? 6 million from OSEO
Tuesday, November 3, 2009Description :
Deinove, Young Innovative Enterprise (JEI) dedicated to biotechnology

Research and development of innovative processes for the production of biofuels, announced today that it has received ? 6 million from OSEO under the Industrial Strategic Innovation (ISI) program for the implementation of the project Deinol.

Deinove is the leader of the Deinol consortium, which also includes a leading industrial producer of ethanol in Europe, as well as two academic partners, CPBS (CNRS University of Montpellier 1) and LISBP (INSA Toulouse / CNRS / INRA ).

The objective of the Deinol project is to open the way to the production of lignocellulosic ethanol (2nd generation ethanol) in existing industrial facilities and without major investments by 2014. Deinove's approach is based on the use of exceptional properties of resistance, digestion of biomass and fermentation of bacteria of the genus Deinococcus. Deinove breaks with the paradigm of alcohol production by S.cerevisiae (brewer's yeast) by exploiting this family of new microorganisms in industrial applications. The Deinocoques will thus contribute to major technological developments in the production processes of biofuels and compounds with industrial value.

OSEO - ISI program supports the Deinol project for 8.9 million euros out of a total of 21.4 million investments. 6 million are attributed to Deinove.

"We are particularly proud that OEO has given us confidence in this project, which can position France in the field of bioenergy. This ? 6 million aid will enable us to accelerate the development of our new bioethanol production processes and to position Deinove in the front line of the green revolution that is starting, "said Jacques Biton, Managing Director of Deinove.

The so - called first generation technologies for the production of bioethanol mainly concern the exploitation of cereals (wheat, maize) and sugar crops (sugar cane, beetroot) under conditions where the sugar to be fermented is directly accessible or in the form of " starch. Second-generation technologies involve transformations by more efficient, more versatile biocatalysts and rely on the exploitation of a range of biomass-wide resources, dedicated crops, silviculture and Waste, to accelerate the gradual replacement of fossil energy sources by renewable raw materials.

About Ethanol and Biofuels

Bioenergy is a major political issue at national, European and international level. The aim is to secure energy supply through diversification and greater autonomy of resources in order to reduce the environmental impact of energy expenditure, particularly in terms of the CO2 balance.

Outside Europe, energy policies in many countries have been oriented towards supporting the biofuel sector, Brazil being the precursor for nearly 30 years. Bioethanol currently accounts for 11% of the road fuel market. World production of bioethanol, which is the majority biofuel, rose from 2000 to 2008 from 18 billion liters / year to 66 billion liters / year. Brazil and the United States alone account for nearly three-quarters of this production. US production has more than doubled in recent years to become the most important in the world.

In 2005, European bioethanol production accounted for less than 5% of world production. As for the EU's total consumption of biofuels, it was barely 1% of gasoline and diesel consumption, compared with 2% worldwide. These few data situate the scale of the efforts to be made at Community level so that biofuels contribute significantly and strategically to energy supply and the relative reduction of CO2 emissions. On 23 January 2008 the Commission of the European Communities issued a new proposal for a directive to accelerate the movement towards the use of renewable energy, with a target of 10% for biofuels by 2020 [Directive 2009/28 ].

First generation ethanol (1G) is produced today from sugar derived from traditional cultures using mainly yeast as an ethanolic fermentation agent. Current world production of ethanol from agriculture amounted to nearly 66 billion liters in 2008, a market worth 23 billion euros in 2008. Almost 80% of this production is destined for applications With three major producers in 2008: the United States for 52% of production, Brazil with 37% and Europe third with 4.2%. It is estimated that the bioethanol market will more than double in 10 years to $ 56 billion with a production of 175 billion liters!

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