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Frost & Sullivan Applauds CIMV's Vision In Introducing A Biorefinery Process That Uses Second-Generation Biofuels Instead Of Whole Plants

LONDON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the biochemicals market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Compagnie Industrielle de la Matiere Vegetale (CIMV) with Frost & Sullivan's  2013 French Visionary Innovation Award. CIMV's extensive research to find a viable substitute for petroleum has led to a biorefinery concept that focuses on second-generation biofuels and chemicals. These types of biofuels use only plant residuals (straws, forest residues, wood, miscanthus, and switch grass) and not the plant itself.

Biorefineries have to employ a challenging process in order to accurately break down the complex hydrocarbon, lignin, for extracting cellulose from a plant. CIMV collaborated with key participants to implement best practices that can aid in breaking down a plant's components to their purest forms. CIMV uses byproducts such as cereal straw, sugarcane bagasse, sweet sorghum, or fibre crops (hemp, flax, Provence cane, and miscanthus), and hardwood, which points to significant feedstock flexibility in its processes. Once these technologies are patented, they present a unique, competitive advantage over other industry participants.

CIMV ensured process validation and technology optimization by testing them in its pilot plant for more than six years. This plant was also used for the production of industrial product samples for commercial validation.

The technology was made possible through CIMV's collaboration with several thought leaders. CIMV also signed a technology partnership with Technip, a leader in project management, engineering, and construction for the energy industry. Technip helped CIMV to promote its technology across borders; their collaboration is also expected to result in an industrial unit for the production of cellulose pulp, Biolignin™ and C5 sugars syrup.

"To date, CIMV is the only biorefinery that can use these processes to generate non-deteriorated lignin and produce pure glucose. It also has the only technology that can promote a lignin on a pre-industrial scale and at a very high degree of purity," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Latha Rani. "CIMV's cellulose treatment process eliminates the quality issues common in the pulp and paper industry, such as the presence of silica in straw and annual plants. CIMV's process also makes top-quality glucose available at a very competitive price for commercial applications, especially biosourcing for biofuels and white biotechnologies."

CIMV's cellulose hydrolysis yields a high purity glucan syrup, with low enzyme dose, while its fermentation yields more than 0.48kg of ethanol per kg of glucose, with an ethanol concentration of 100g/kg. Besides, the derived cellulose has very low lignin content.

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