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New LX-plants - processing woody biomass for a billion euro market

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In the future energy and raw materials have to origin from renewable sources. One of the biggest source is plant biomass. Biotechnological processes target the conversion of plant biomass into energy, chemical raw materials and food. But plants protect themselves against this conversion by lignification. As a consequence today's biotechnological processes do not yet convert woody biomass. Their raw materials are mainly reserve or depot substances such as plant oil, starch and/or sugar and so only about 1-2% of the world's plant biomass available for those processes today.
Maxbiogas has developed a process that removes this lignin protection. Thus the entire plant is available for biotechnological processes. This new lignin extraction process (LX-process) can be embedded into any existing biotechnology value chain, reducing the costs of input materials and/or enhancing the process input material efficiency.
In Germany one of the most employed biotechnological processes is the production of biogas with more than 5,000 biogas plants. Due to the LX-process, the same biomass input will allow to produce about 30% more power output for common biogas input materials. This gain in efficiency allows already the economic operation of the LX process in the scale of a pilot plant (starting from a though put of approximately 1,000 tons of dry matter per year).
Worldwide, future biotechnological processes will produce fuels, chemical raw materials and foods from woody plant wastes - a billion euro market for maxbiogas.


The lignin extractions plant (LX-plant), is based on a proprietary process, which is currently in the patent process. The individual steps of the process are examined on the laboratory scale and are currently connected to the LX plant (mini plant scale). In addition maxbiogas optimizes the process and engineers a scale-up of the LX plant to fit to an average biogas plant.

Why we are ecofriendly

We are aiming at the efficient use of plant (crop) residues as well as energy crops with the closure of humus and nutrient cycles. The waste heat generated at a biogas plant is sufficient to drive the LX-process.
The LX-process is able to widen the spectrum of biogas input materials, allowing a high diversity in the landscape.
In summary the LX-process will allow higher energy output from a given area with a widely enhanced biodiversity.

Latest News

Sep. 2012: The maxbiogas GmbH, active in the field of industrial biotechnology, has completed its seed funding.
Oct. 2012: Maxbiogas has signed a cooperation contract with the TH Wildau.
Feb. 2013: Biogas digestate is investigated successfully on behalf of GASAG. Result of these investigations was that after lab scale application of the LX-Process to the solid digestate an additional biogas production of more than 600 Nl / kg VS within 23 days was achieved. Similar yields are obtained so far only for good fermentable crops such as maize, wheat, rye or grass.


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Version History

2013-05-03 08:19:01 - changed people to 'Dr. Katrin Streffer - Founder and CEO Dr. Friedrich Streffer - Founder and CTO'

2013-05-03 08:12:34 - changed founded to '2009'

2013-05-03 08:12:25 - changed country to 'Germany'

2013-05-03 08:11:42 - changed headquarter to 'Marienwerder'

2013-05-03 08:11:27 - changed employees to '5'




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Dr. Katrin Streffer - Founder and CEO
Dr. Friedrich Streffer - Founder and CTO

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Dr. Katrin Streffer