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Royal Nedalco partners with Mascoma for cellulose ethanol

Royal Nedalco, a European ethanol technology specialist, and US-based Mascoma Corporation, have signed a license and joint development agreement to further their initiatives to commercialise ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass.

The objective of this technology partnership is to license Nedalco's yeast-based technology for use in Mascoma's recently announced demonstration plant and for use in future Mascoma commercial plants, and to explore collaborative research efforts to accelerate production of second generation bioethanol.

The companies expect to exchange related know how and to engage in specific joint research programs to develop lignocellulosic ethanol from agricultural side streams, such as straw and wood waste.

Royal Nedalco has a strong international technology and patent position in the production of ethanol from lignocellulosic ethanol. The company has developed a new fermentation process, using modified yeasts capable of converting all kinds of lignocellulosic biomass, including straw and wood waste, into ethanol.

Nedalco recently unfolded its plans to build a second generation lignocellulosic ethanol plant in the Netherlands, which will be operational in the second half of 2008.

Mascoma Corporation is leading the development of bio and process technology for cost-effective conversion of lignocellulosic biomass in the United States and is completing designs and partnerships to build and operate commercial cellulosic ethanol plants using both internally developed and licensed technology across multiple biomass feedstocks.

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