THE LANDSCAPE

There is broad consensus that biofuels are a key component of a sustainable transportation sector, and that production from cellulosic biomass is highly desirable.

 

In addition to potential for large-scale supply, rural economic development, and desirable environmental attributes, the purchase cost of widely available cellulosic feedstocks is competitively priced with petroleum even at $50/barrel.

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Aggregated transport energy use, 2DS Fulton et al., Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, 2015.
Current Process
Feedstock $1 - $1.25
Enzymes $.50 - $1
Pretreatment $.20 - $.40
Fixed Production $.30 - $.35
Total $2 - $3

THE PROBLEM

Current technologies for conversion of cellulosic biofuels to ethanol are too expensive due to the high cost of pretreatment and added enzymes.  Enchi seeks to solve this problem by eliminating costly enzyme addition and eliminating pretreatment as we know it today. Our focus is first on ethanol, the logical point of entry and proving ground for cellulosic biofuels, and then for other molecules.

THE ENCHI SOLUTION

The Lynd lab is a leading pioneer of consolidated bioprocessing, (CBP), widely recognized as the ultimate low-cost configuration for cellulose hydrolysis and fermentation. Thermophilic bacteria and their enzymes have superior capability to solubilize lignocellulose as compared to industry-standard fungal cellulase. By taking full advantage of this capability combined with innovative processing strategies, Enchi foresees eliminating added enzymes and thermochemical pretreatment - an approach we call "CBP Plus".

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