Technological breakthrough for environmentally low-impact fuel

Taurus Energy has developed a new yeast strain for producing second-generation ethanol using a new technique. The new yeast strain offers considerable advantages, as it ensures rapid fermentation and a high ethanol yield, combined with the ability to convert all available sugars into ethanol.

This exciting innovation is the result of a long-term collaboration between Taurus Energy, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) at Lund University. Taurus Energy’s research has also benefitted from working closely with major international ethanol producers who are in the process of building new facilities, particularly in the USA.

Taurus Energy focuses on developing yeast strains capable of converting sugars from a wide range of plant materials into ethanol. The plant materials used are derived from the waste products from forestry and agriculture, which makes it an excellent alternative fuel as far as the environment is concerned. Over the past 12 months, Taurus Energy has used a yeasthybridization technique, which involves taking different properties from several yeasts to create a new, more effective strain. This effort has resulted in a yeast hybrid with an impressive fermentability and a high ethanol yield, which converts all available sugars, such as xylose and glucose, into ethanol. In addition, it is free from ampicillin-resistant genes (antibiotic-free), which means that the yeast can be used freely in the processing industry.

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Press release 20131015