Success in cellulosic ethanol constitutes a feat with which Biochemtex, affiliate of the Mossi & Ghisolfi Group, challenged the chemistry world, already back in 2006. With a total investment exceeding 150M€ and over 7 years dedicated to research and development within the R&D center of Rivalta Scrivia in Italy, Biochemtex created PROESA™, a socalled “second generation” technology, which unlocks access to the fermentable sugars present in lignocellulosic biomass, for production of transportation fuels and other chemicals, thus lowering their GHG emissions, at competitive costs compared to fossil sources (i.e. oil and natural gas).
In the years, several companies and institutions succeeded in generating bioethanol from non-food biomass at Lab scale, but faced intolerably high costs to upgrade such processes to an industrial scale.
On the contrary, PROESA™ enables production costs which are absolutely market-competitive.