POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels
Together with POET, a large biofuels company, DSM has established one of the world’s first commercial-scale, cellulosic ethanol plants to make cellulosic biofuel competitive as a source of renewable energy.
In order to produce cellulosic biofuels, POET-DSM is successfully collaborating with local farmers to secure a continuous supply of corn stover, the above-ground plant left after harvesting, for its cellulosic biofuel plant in rural Iowa. Having made several breakthroughs in the production process, the next goal for POET-DSM is to ramp up production. The ultimate mission of the joint venture is to make cellulosic biofuel competitive with corn bio-ethanol, the most competitive renewable liquid transportation fuel on the US market.
Biosuccinium® is a versatile, bio-based chemical building block made by fermentation of sustainable, bio-based feedstocks. This process reliably yields high quality, bio-based succinic acid, while delivering better environmental performance. Not only is Biosuccinium and its production process renewable, but its applications in end-products are sustainable as well. For example, Biosuccinium is used in compostable coffee capsules, drinking cups, and agricultural film; these products are notoriously difficult to recycle, but completely biodegradable with the help of Biosuccinium.
Protein forms a crucial component of our food, but its availability is becoming increasingly threatened by the growing world population and limited natural resources. DSM’s ‘Proteins of the Future’ project successfully turned an inedible agricultural byproduct of rapeseed oil extraction into valuable plant protein: CanolaPro™. This revolutionary plant protein is durable, has a good taste and is suitable for many food applications.
Decovery® is an eco-friendly paint resin, made with plant-based renewable materials. As a result, the coatings and inks industry can use Decovery as a renewable building block for more sustainable products with great performance. Having shifted our dependency on fossil-based raw materials to reliance on sustainable alternatives, we are currently living up to our own philosophy and manufacturing a product that is “made to be made again”.