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Scaling up, step by step

​From the beginning we have been thorough in everything we do and we have scaled up our operations one step at a time. This has ensured sufficient time to minimise risks at each stage and design the optimal concept for commercial scale Inbicon Biomass Refineries.

Early history
In 2003 we constructed a small-scale pilot plant capable of processing 2.4 tonnes of biomass residues per day.

In 2005 we scaled up 10 times to 24 tonnes biomass per day at a new pilot plant. The plant let us treat biomass at near-industrial conditions, testing new feedstock, enzymes and new equipment designs.

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Commercialisation

​In 2009 we finished building our 30,000 tonnes biomass per year demonstration plant in Kalundborg, Denmark. The first of its kind.

In 2010 we proved enzymes from DuPont Genencor and Novozymes for the Inbicon technology at our demonstration plant in Kalundborg. We demonstrated the process in a series of technical proofs. And our cellulosic ethanol was distributed as an E-5 blend at retail stations across Denmark.

First license sale
Early 2010 our process had matured enough to warrant our first license sale, to Mitsui for their operations in Southeast Asia.

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Recent achievements

​Meanwhile, we developed our commercial model to process 200,000-400,000 tonnes of biomass per year of wheat straw, corn stover, sugar bagasse and other and non-food biomass.

C5+C6 mixed sugar fermentation
In 2013 we produced ethanol from co-fermented C5 and C6 sugars in Kalundborg. We put a pilot plant in operation in Tawau, East Malaysia to produce cellulosic ethanol from empty fruit bunches.

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