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Mitsui, Inbicon partner for biomass refineries

By Holly Jessen
Posted March 2, 2010, at 9:15 a.m. CNT

A Danish cellulosic ethanol company and a Japanese heavy industries company will work together toward cellulosic ethanol production in Southeast Asia. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding signed a licensing agreement to build a number of biomass refineries using Inbicon Biomass Refinery technology. "[Mitsui is] currently doing all the feasibilities on how many, volumes, and actual locations," said Christian Morgen, senior manager of business development and marketing for Inbicon.

Mitsui, headquartered in Tokyo, plans to use waste from palm oil production to produce ethanol. The process results in animal feed as a coproduct, or molasses suitable for a high-value mix in cattle feed, Morgen said. The molasses can also be used for biogas production to generate electricity. A second coproduct is solid biofuel, or clean lignin, for energy production either on site or sold to a power station. This is the first time Inbicon has signed a licensing agreement for its technology.

"With the agreement, we have taken an important step towards the establishing of a plant engineering business for the production of second-generation ethanol in Southeast Asia," said Shunichi Yamashita, director of Mitsui. "We have already committed considerable resources to the development of this new business. Furthermore, we are expecting to expand the cooperation with Inbicon into other markets."

Mitsui and Inbicon have been developing a relationship for the past year, said Niels Henriksen, CEO of Inbicon. Their first project together was to test palm waste as a feedstock. "Signing this agreement positions Mitsui as a frontrunner," he said. "We consider it a significant step forward into a long-lasting collaboration. It's also an important milestone in the commercialization of Inbicon technology. With the latest developments within enzyme technology from leading enzyme suppliers such as Danisco Genencor and Novozymes, we are now looking at making large-scale production of second-generation ethanol truly practical in countries around the world."

Inbicon A/S, a subsidiary of DONG Energy A/S, has operated a second-generation biofuel pilot plant since 2003. A demonstration plant was established last December in Kalundborg, Denmark. The biomass refinery converts wheat straw into ethanol and produces coproducts of animal feed and lignin pellets for energy production.

Besides ship building, Mitsui is active in other sectors including energy, information logistics, industrial plants and medical science.
 

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