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KBK Biotech Distillery

Success story – Working with KBK Biotech to increase distillery’s efficiency

In 2019, KBK Biotech pvt.ltd started a grain-based distillery with a 69 KLPD operation capacity. It was commissioned with Ethanol Red®.  KBK Biotech has for main objective to increase Fermentation Efficiency. From the beginning of this collaboration, our  technical service team committed to create further value in order to maximize KBK Biotech’s profitability through continuous industrial performances improvement. Mr Sudhakar, KBK’s General Manager, communicates  the necessary information – such as…

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How does fermentation stress affect plant profitability? – Through the study of industrial ethanol production

Like all biochemical processes, we can evaluate fermentation performance using the following 3 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): productivity, yield and titer. These 3 KPIs have a direct impact on industrial ethanol production cost and thus plant profitability. All fermentation stresses leading to an impact on one or several of these KPIs will also impact plant profitability. Therefore, understanding the fermentation stresses that influence performances in an industrial ethanol plant is…

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Romain Fromanger is appointed Industrial Fermentation Expert for Europe and Asia

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Romain Fromanger has been appointed Industrial Fermentation Expert for Europe and Asia. After being Leaf’s Technical Sales Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa for over 7 years, Romain is ready to take on new challenges to better serve our partners! Thanks to his past experience, Romain has a deep knowledge of various feedstocks, of fermentation processes and of industrial ethanol plants’…

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The Green Lab, a place of knowledge and expertise

In the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Lesaffre holds its Industrial Pilot Plant, the Green Lab was established in December 2017. Since then, we have been carrying out lab scale fermentation trials, driving optimization efforts in propagation and fermentation to improve yield and productivity, and studying stress factors affecting fermentation, with the ambition of supporting our partners and our clients. A bridge between customer service and R&D The Green…

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Sustainable materials – strong corporate ambitions driving innovation

Numerous industrial groups are setting ambitious goals to reduce their environmental footprint. Most often, this involves reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, but some go further by aiming for 100% sustainable production.  This is, for instance, the case of LEGO which aims to make all its bricks sustainable by 2030, without compromising quality or safety. Michelin also wants to significantly increase the sustainable materials rate in its products: 40% by 2030, then 100% sustainable materials by 2050.   To reach these objectives, companies are exploring…

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How to choose the ethanol yeast?

Yeast is a key element in industrial ethanol production and each cell works like a production unit. From fermentable materials, yeast produces the major product ethanol and several co-products, such as CO2 and glycerol. As in the case of the production unit, the choice of yeast is an important technological decision that will have a direct impact on the plant’s performance. An ethanol yeast adapted to your raw materials Industrial…

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Molly Sproston joins Leaf as Research Associate at Green Lab

It gives us immense pleasure to welcome on board Molly Sproston, who has joined Lesaffre on October 2020 at Cedar Rapids, IA, USA as Research Associate at Green Lab, Leaf’s application laboratory. Discover Molly through her 6 questions portrait 10 – Can you briefly explain your work position? I work in Green lab in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we conduct application trials to understand and evaluate the performance of Leaf products…

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Success story – 10 years of collaboration with the Catalysts Group in India

India is the third largest petroleum consumer in the world. Growing population and rapid socio-economic development has spurred an increase in car transportation and gasoline consumption. Given limited domestic energy resources, most energy requirements are met through imports. That’s why since 2003, the Government of India mandated the use of 5% ethanol blend in petrol through its ambitious Ethanol Blending Program (EBP). In 2011, Leaf entered into the industrial ethanol…

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What is Yeast?

Yeast is a key element in the production of industrial ethanol, but do you know the specificities of this microorganism? Yeast is a unicellular fungus Yeast belongs to the family of the fungi. It consists of a large and diverse group of eukaryotic organisms, i.e. they possess organelles that divide the cell space into specialized compartments. The nucleus, for example, contains their genetic heritage (DNA). Fungi are heterotrophic in nature,…

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High school students in rural area discover the beet ethanol industry

As part of a partnership project with a high school in the north of France, Leaf participated in introducing teenagers to industrial beet processing into various products. The students in the school’s science classes were involved in a “Science Festival” project, the theme of which this year was “Man and Nature”. With a focus on agriculture in northern France, of which sugar beet is a flagship agricultural product, the study…

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