The trial has successfully demonstrated that XyloFerm® converts xylose and c6 sugars to ethanol in the full scale Cellerate™ process.
In April of 2017 Taurus Energy, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, Syngenta and Quad County Corn Processors initiated a trial of Taurus Energys xylose/C6 co-fermenting yeast XyloFerm® in the Cellerate™ process to evaluate performance at large scale. The trial has concluded and results confirm that XyloFerm® can successfully convert C6 sugars and xylose (C5) to ethanol in the full scale industrial process.
Next steps involve fine-tuning and optimization of the process both from a technical and economic viability standpoint, in order to achieve optimal performance and economic benefit to all parties.
For the foreseeable future work will be performed at lab scale and/or pilot scale due to scheduling restrictions at Quad County Corn Processors but Taurus Energy, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, Syngenta and Quad County Corn Processors are dedicated to a collaborative effort in order to realize reliable and profitable integration of xylose-to-ethanol conversion within the Cellerate™ process.