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