Processes using renewable raw materials are our direct contribution to the decarbonisation strategy. For this reason, we have decided to expand our licensing portfolio with innovative technologies that allow us to transform agricultural and forestry residues into valuable resources. The first example is PROESA®, our proprietary technology for the production of cellulosic ethanol, also known as second-generation ethanol (referred to as ‘Advanced biofuel’ by the EU), through a process of hydrolysis and subsequent fermentation of abundantly available biomass, such as agricultural waste, wood chips and energy crops.
PROESA®, our solution for advanced bioethanol production
Advanced biofuels represent an important and immediately applicable solution for decarbonisation and are therefore the subject of increasing interest today.
In this context, we have developed PROESA® technology for the production of cellulosic ethanol from residual biomass from agricultural or forestry production, not competing with the food/feed chain, while utilising local resources that would otherwise be wasted.
Blending ethanol into petrol thereby reduces its carbon footprint.
This technology has been applied for the first time in the world in the production processes of our Crescentino (Vercelli) site and is available for licence on international markets.
Thanks to the well-established cooperation with our partners, we are able to support the end customer throughout the entire project development process, from the initial idea to feasibility studies up to a complete EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) package .
The benefits of the PROESA® technology:
- flexibility - different types of feedstock can be used, e.g. wheat or rice straw, maize processing residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest or wood industry residues, energy crops such as Napier Grass or Arundo Donax
- guarantee - the Crescentino plant has developed a unique wealth of experience in the application of this technology on an industrial scale. This allows us to offer not only solid guarantees to our licensees but also access to continuous improvements in the years to come
- sustainability - developed with the idea of minimising impact on the environment at its core. With chemical-free pre-treatment, it offers the possibility of adding value to process by-products such as lignin and to develop zero-water-discharge configurations that maximise reuse of process water