17 Dec '12, 2pm

Solazyme Crosses the Rubicon: Filed under: Energy News

Next-gen renewable oils producer achieves first linear scale-up to 500,000 liter fermenters — clears path for large commercial production volumes. In biofuels, the “ethanol blend wall” gets a tremendous amount of attention. This is the restriction on ethanol blending in gasoline to (today) 10 percent. It limits overall US ethanol distribution, and vexes ethanol producers and corn growers. But that’s only the second most critical wall. Over in advanced biofuels — which are expected to provide 21 billion of the 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel targeted in the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022 — there’s the ferment wall. What is the ferment wall? To date, no next-generation producer had successfully achieved linear scale-up in 500,000 liter (or larger) fermenters. Now, it’s simply impossible for fermentation-based technologies to affordably produce fuels and chemicals in sm...

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