VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland starts co-operation with French
company Deinove. Deinove is specialized in development and commercializing of
environmentally friendly and high-performance processes for production of
biofuels and chemicals. The co-operation relates to DEINOL project where
ethanol production from cellulose is researched. The joint venture is based on
Deinove`s research in utilizing the Deinococcus bacteria for biofuel
VTT holds a strong know-how in enzyme discovery and engineering and second
generation bioethanol production processes that are required in the DEINOL
project and Deinove brings its extensive expertise of biofuel production into
the project. VTT`s role is to evaluate different bacteria strains and their
suitability for producing ethanol. The co-operation agreement was concluded on
1st of July, 2010.
DEINOL project focuses on utilizing
Deinococcus bacteria for biofuel production. Deinococcus bacteria`s ability to
digest biomass, such as cellulose, is exceptional. Production processes that
result to ethanol being produced by biological processes are developed
utilizing the Deinococcus bacteria. Ten researchers from VTT will take part in
the project. Research is also conducted in co-operation with CNRS (French
National Centre for Scientific Research) and INSA (French Engineering
University) research institutes.
“As an open-innovation
centre creating sustainable industrial solutions, we are delighted to
contribute to a future industrial breakthrough which could pave the way for
many valuable developments - not only in biofuels but also in the forestry and
paper industry, the chemicals sector and other markets”, added Erkki KM
Leppävuori, President and CEO of VTT.
Results from the
DEINOL project are also widely used in the industry field. The general
objective of the work plan established by VTT and Deinove is to evaluate the
different Deinococcus candidate strains screened by Deinove for the DEINOL
cellulosic ethanol production process. The DEINOL process will then be
scaled-up and tested in an industrial pilot by the sugar-company Tereos.
is a French green technology company specialized in development and
commercializing of innovative, environmentally friendly, high-performance
processes for production of biofuels and other compounds of industrial or
pharmaceutical value. Deinove strives to create new business from green
technology. The company holds special know-how in developing biofuels,
carrying out vast research of Deinococcus bacteria and developing applications
for eco-friendly chemical industry.