Before embarking on any of our projects, we take care to limit their environmental footprint and understand their societal impact. For us, these are prerequisites to ensuring that our operations remain acceptable to local populations.
Active research into developing lignocellulose
Sourcing feedstock is a major challenge of biomass conversion. We conduct research into developing lignocellulose, the non-edible portion of plants, in order to produce biofuels from agricultural or forest byproducts and wastes.
Lignin, one of the main components of wood, is a fibrous compound that gives plants their structure. Due to its extremely high resistance, costly and energy-intensive processes are required to break it down and release its sugars, such as glucose and xylose. Once extracted, the sugars can be fermented into bioethanol or farnesene, the flagship molecule of our partner Amyris.