Cellulosic Ethanol

The cellulosic ethanol industry is beginning to emerge, with several commercial scale plants becoming operational in the United States, Europe, and Brazil.  These facilities and those that follow will be driven by the same dynamic as grain ethanol, namely that industry profitability will be driven by ongoing reduction of processing costs such as enzymes and energy, as well as by increasing yields.

Mascoma has developed yeast that can be dropped into all cellulosic ethanol fermentation processes to increase yields by fermenting the full array of sugars present in cellulosic fermentations, and by secreting enzymes (cellulases and hemicellulases) that can improve hydrolysis yields.  These strains are based on Mascoma’s proven experience  developing robust, and scalable technologies.